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Venezuela Strengthens Ties with China, Iran, and the Caribbean

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Venezuela and China drafted a 10-year plan for strategic cooperation yesterday as part of the China-Venezuela High-Level Joint Commission that is meeting in Caracas through Wednesday.

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PSUV Parliamentary Primary Sees Historic Grassroots Turnout

Over 3 million PSUV activists voted in the historic elections (AVN)

In reportedly historic turnout, 3,162,400 Venezuelans voted in the internal parliamentary primaries of the governing Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) that took place yesterday.

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Top Spain Official Blasts Ex-Prime Minister's Trip to Venezuela

Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel García Margallo, described Felipe Gonzalez June visit to Venezuela as a "mistake&qu

Spain’s Secretary of State said Friday that the recent visit of former Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez to Venezuela to meet with opposition groups was a "mistake and a failure."

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Two Prisoners Arrested During 2014 Barricades Released

Resplandor (left) and Morillo (right) were both released on Tuesday night (archives)

Venezuelan authorities have released prisoners Gerardo Resplandor and Douglas Morillo. Both men were arrested last year for inciting violence during the protests commonly known as the barricades.

 

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Remains of Afro-Venezuelan Independence Hero Transferred to National Heroes Mausoleum

The symbolic casket arrives in Caracas seven days after it set out from Negro Primero’s birthplace in Apure (Albaciudad)

The symbolic remains of Afro-Venezuelan independence hero, Pedro Camejo, better known as Negro Primero, were transferred to the country’s “Hall of Heroes” Mausoleum on Wednesday during an official celebration of the 194th anniversary of the decisive Battle of Carabobo.

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Venezuela's Maduro Backs CARICOM Proposal for Slavery Reparations

CARICOM has taken up a leadership role in reopening the debate on slavery reparations (Ultimas Noticias)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has declared that his government would support an initiative by the Community of the Caribbean (CARICOM) to demand reparations from European countries for their role in colonial slavery.

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Venezuela Proposes Bilateral Commission to Resolve Maritime Dispute with Colombia

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry issued a press release yesterday calling for a diplomatic solution with Colombia (Ultimas Noticia

Venezuela called for the convocation of a bilateral commission Tuesday to diplomatically resolve a maritime territorial dispute with Colombia.

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Leopoldo Lopez Ends Hunger Strike in Venezuela

Lopez has attracted extensive corporate media coverage despite lacking popular support (archives)

Jailed far right Venezuelan opposition leader  Leopoldo Lopez ended a thirty day hunger strike today, claiming that the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) had met one of his demands in fixing the date of parliamentary elections this December.

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Venezuelan Parliamentary Elections Set for December 6

CNE President Tibisay Lucena silences rightwing rumors that elections would not be held this year. (teleSUR)

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced that national parliamentary elections will be held on December 6. The announcement effectively silences an opposition-fueled rumor campaign that has filled international headlines with speculations that elections would not be held.

 

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Spanish Judge Requests Extradition of former ETA Militant in Venezuela

De Juana was originally sighted in a shopping mall in Venezuela in May 2014 (elmundo.es)

Judge Eloy Velasco brought an official request for the extradition of Iñaki de Juana Chaos before the Venezuelan government after he was sighted in Venezuela. 

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Protesters Block Rightwing Brazilian Senators From Visiting Leopoldo Lopez

Rightwing Brazilian senators aboard a bus in Venezuela (EFE)

A minibus containing a group of rightwing Brazilian senators was confronted by Venezuelan protesters on Thursday, who blocked the road, preventing the delegation from visiting jailed hard right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in Ramo Verde prison. 

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Campesino Leader Assassinated in Carabobo State, Authorities Blame Landowners

Venezuelan land activist Roberto Carrera was shot dead in northwestern Carabobo State on Saturday (redesrevolucionarias)

Venezuelan campesino leader Roberto Carrera was shot dead in northwestern Carabobo State on Saturday. He is the latest victim of assassins hired by large landowners to put down demands for agrarian reform, according to national authorities. 

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Oil Provokes Diplomatic Spat Between Venezuela and Guyana

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez responds to the government of Guyana over disputed territory, Caracas, Venezuela Jun

Tensions between Venezuela and Guyana rose this week following a Guyanese statement rejecting Venezuelan claims to a disputed maritime territory where Exxon Mobil has discovered oil. 

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Venezuela Rejects Felipe Gonzalez Visit as Former Spanish PM Touches Down in Caracas

A woman waves a placard rejecting Gonzalez's visit: "Murderer and Fascist - Venezuela respects itself" (Laiguana)

The former Spanish Prime Minister claims to be visiting the country in order to help with the legal defence of jailed opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos and Antonio Ledezma. He met with Ledezma on Sunday. 

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Venezuela Recognized by FAO for Halving Malnutrition

Venezuela's Arreaza with FAO General Director Graziano Da Silva (Credit: @VTVCanal8)

Venezuela was recognized this Monday by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for meeting the UN millennium goal of halving malnutrition. 

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