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ALBA Countries Meet in Havana to Coordinate Preventative Plan Against Ebola

The ALBA trade bloc held an extraordinary summit meeting on Monday to coordinate a response to the ebola virus. (AVN)

At the request of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, member countries of the ALBA trade bloc met yesterday at a special summit in Havana, Cuba to discuss methods of preventing the spread of the ebola virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Venezuelan government has donated US$5 million to the United Nations to fight the spread of the virus.

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Thousands of Venezuelan Youth March to Demand End to “Terrorism”

A youth participant in Saturday's march against terrorism and for peace stands among thousands of participants and a photo

On Saturday thousands of Venezuelan youth and government supporters participated in a march against terrorism and for peace.  The youth march was organized in response to the assassination of 27-year old lawmaker and Chavista leader Robert Serra, who was murdered along with his partner Maria Herrera in their home earlier this month. 

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Authorities Investigate 190 Companies for Currency Exchange Fraud in Venezuela

The South American country has maintained currency exchange controls since 2003 in order to prevent capital flight and plan the

Venezuelan authorities are investigating 190 companies for suspected fraudulent use of preferential dollars granted for product imports.

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Venezuela’s Maduro: Colombian Paramilitary Devised Serra Assassination, All Killers Identified

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, during his speech, in the Miraflores Palace. (Photo: AVN)

All eight men who participated in the murder of pro-government lawmaker Robert Serra have been identified, said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in a press conference last night.

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Venezuela Gains UN Security Council Seat

The UN Security Council chamber in New York (Wikipedia)

Venezuela gained a non permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council earlier today.

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Venezuela Expanding Music Program for Expecting Mothers

El Sistema, the country's classical music program, is reaching out to babies to lure them into the world of music and stay

Venezuela is using its renown classical music program to help fetal development among expecting mothers as part of a new hospital project, according to media reports on Tuesday.

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Maduro Hands Over Land Titles to Indigenous Communities, Creates Institute to Protect Native Languages

President Maduro with representatives of indigenous communities in the Miraflores presidential palace.
(Presidential Press)

On Monday, in celebration of the nationally acclaimed Day of Indigenous Resistance, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro established a presidential council for indigenous peoples, handed over collective land titles to 14 original communities, lowered the threshold age for indigenous pensioners, and announced the creation of an institute to protect the country’s 44 native languages.

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Venezuelan Calls for OPEC to Respond to Sliding Oil Prices

Oil rigs in the Orinoco Delta, home to the world's largest oil reserves. (AVN)

Venezuelan foreign minister Rafael Ramirez alerted press Friday that his cabinet has “received instructions from the president to request an extraordinary OPEC meeting.” Ramirez was the head of state-owned petroleum corporation PDVSA until a September cabinet shakeup.

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Re-Elected Evo Morales Dedicates Victory to Hugo Chavez

Bolivian president Evo Morales (Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images)

On Sunday evening, as initial polls of Bolivia’s presidential election showed Evo Morales as the decisive victor with nearly 60% of votes, the South American leader dedicated his victory to the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

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Honoring Indigenous Resistance Day in Venezuela, the Struggle Continues

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro marked the day of indigenous resistance by handing over more titles to collective ownership

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro marked the day of indigenous resistance by handing over more titles to collective ownership of indigenous lands on Sunday.  But the struggle for recognition, fertile land, and against illegal mining continues for Venezuela's indigenous communities. 

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Venezuelan Government Rejects UN Body’s Opinion of Lopez Case

On Friday, Venezuelan foreign minister Rafael Ramirez responded to the statement from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions.

The Venezuelan government has responded to the statement released by a United Nations working group recommending the release of jailed opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez.

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Two Arrested for Venezuelan Lawmaker Serra’s Murder

Robert Serra (archive)

Two men have been arrested and are being held on suspicion of the murders of pro-government Venezuelan lawmaker Robert Serra and his assistant Maria Herrera.

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UN Body Recommends Release of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez

Leopoldo Lopez was arrested on 18 February, one week after an opposition demonstration descended into deadly clashes and damaged

A United Nations body has recommended that jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez be released, arguing that according to its sources, the hard-line politician’s detention on 18 February was “arbitrary”.

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Venezuela Declares Victory over Transnational in Response to Exxon-Mobile Settlement Ruling

The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) stated that Venezuela's compensation payment to Exxo

On Thursday, The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) stated that Venezuela's compensation payment to Exxon Mobile Corp for the 2007 nationalization of the oil company’s holdings in the country should only be 13% of the amount that the transnational company claimed that it was owed. 

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Venezuela: New Legislation Ensures Access to Employment for Young People

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, approved the legislation in a celebration attended by the country´s revolutionary youth.

This past Tuesday evening, Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, approved legislation aimed at ensuring access to employment for young people in Venezuela. The new legislation promises to create 200,000 jobs for the country's youth, as well as to protect their labor and social security rights.

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