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FARC Singer Julian Conrado Freed by Venezuelan Supreme Court

Guillermo Enrique Torres Cueter, alias Julian Conrado (rebelion.org)

The Venezuelan Supreme Court yesterday ordered the “immediate liberation” of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) singer Julian Conrado, following the Colombian government’s withdrawal of its extradition request against him.

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Thousands of Protesting Colombian Farmers Request Asylum in Venezuela, Maduro Meets with Santos

Catatumbo Farmers have requested asylum in Venezuela (agencies)

Fearing state repression, farmers in the Cataumbo region of Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, have formally requested asylum in Venezuela, and are already being attended. At the same time Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro met with Colombian president Juan Santos in order to restore relations between the two countries.

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Venezuelan Government Rejects Colombia’s Efforts to Join NATO

Santos said at the military ceremony that the Colombian government would sign an agreement of cooperation with NATO (SIG)

After Colombian president Juan Santos announced on the weekend that his government intended to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Venezuelan and other Latin American governments responded with concern for the region’s peace.

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Opposition Governor Capriles Meets with Colombia’s Santos, Venezuelan Government Concerned

State governor of Miranda Henrique Capriles (left), met with Juan Santos yesterday (agencies)

Yesterday afternoon, Miranda state governor and former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles met with Colombian president Juan Santos in Bogota. 

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Colombia’s Uribe will Take Venezuela’s Maduro to Human Rights Commission

Ex Colombian president Alvaro Uribe (archive)

Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe said that he will take Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), following accusations by the Venezuelan head that Uribe was involved in plots against him.

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Trade between Venezuela and Colombia Back on Track

La Guaira Port, Venezuela (Agencies)

Trade between Venezuela and Colombia increased 40.4% in 2012 compared with the previous year, Colombia’s customs and tax authority has reported.

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Venezuela Extradites Six Alleged Drug Lords to Colombia

Daniel “El Loco” Barrera was captured in September with cooperation between Colombian and Venezuelan authorities (VTV / arch

Venezuelan authorities extradited six suspected drug-traffickers to Colombia on Wednesday, including the notorious Daniel “El Loco” Barrera and one U.S. citizen.

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Colombian President Santos Meets with Venezuelan Opposition Leader

Capriles met with Santos in Bogota on Wednesday (noticierodigital)

Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles Radonski, who will challenge current president Hugo Chavez to the presidency in October, flew to Colombia on Wednesday where he took part in a “strictly” private meeting with the country's president, Manuel Santos.

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Ex-President Uribe of Colombia Reveals He Wanted a Military Intervention in Venezuela

Ex Colombian president Alvaro Uribe (archive)

Yesterday, while addressing a press conference, ex-president Alvaro Uribe of Colombia said that he “lacked time” as his presidential term came to an end to fulfil his desire of a military intervention into Venezuela.

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The Bogota Solidarity Centre and Possible Intervention in Venezuela

The Solidarity Center office in Bogotá has received an unusually large two-year grant of $3 million for its operations in the Andean Region. The grant comes from USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) and its timing coincides with the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela.

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