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Maduro Announces Tougher Measures on Smugglers of Food and Medical Supplies in Venezuela

Thousands of tons of medical equipment were found in a warehouse in Tejería in the central state of Aragua.  Government officia

The measures were announced on Thursday following the seizure of two large warehouses jam-packed with basic goods and medicines that were destined for Colombia, authorities say.

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Venezuelan Opposition Leaders in Foreign Lobbying, Government Clashes with UN Commissioner

Henrique Capriles (left) and Julio Borges (archive)

Several opposition figures, including former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, are currently engaged in networking and lobbying trips in the U.S. and Europe. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government has clashed with a UN human rights official over the demand to release jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

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Venezuelan Government Unveils 2015 Budget, Anticipates Drop in Oil Prices

Venezuelan finance minister Rodolfo Marco Torres presented the 2015 budget on Tuesday. (@RMarcoTorres)

On Tuesday, Venezuelan finance minister Rodolfo Marco Torres presented the outline of the 2015 government budget, which features heightened investment in pension programs, healthcare, and university expansion.

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UN Women’s Conference in Geneva Highlights Venezuela’s Efforts Toward Gender Equality

A Venezuelan public media journalist breastfeeds as she works. Motherhood is celebrated in Venezuela with the third longest paid

On Tuesday, at the 59th United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva, Switzerland, chairperson Nicole Ameline praised Venezuela’s efforts and success in increasing gender equality.

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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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