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National Minimum Wage to Increase 50% in Venezuela

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the wage increase during his television programme “Sundays with Maduro” (AVN).

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced the latest wage hike on Sunday evening. 

 

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Venezuelan Right Wing Puts Coup Backer at Head of Parliament

The Venezuelan government says it will challenge Borges' swearing in at the Supreme Court. (Reuters/Marco Bello)

Venezuelan legislators appointed Thursday controversial right wing figure Julio Borges to head the National Assembly.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Replaces VP and Top Ministers in Cabinet Shuffle

Maduro announces new cabinet appointments. (PresidencialVen)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the appointment of a new vice-president Wednesday in addition to changes to top-level cabinet posts as his government enters the new year.

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Venezuela Begins 95,000 BPD Production Cut Under OPEC Deal

PDVSA will reduce production by 95,000 barrels per day. (PDVSA)

PDVSA began a 95,000 barrels per day reduction in crude output as part of a OPEC-brokered agreement effective January 1. 

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Poll: PSUV Still Largest Party in Venezuela

(Prensa PSUV)

Venezuela’s ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV) remains the largest party in the South American country, reports a new poll.

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Venezuela Begins Charging in Foreign Currency for Gas Sales Along Border

Gas sales in foreign currency begin along the Colombia-Venezuela border. (AFP)

The policy change is aimed at ending fuel contraband along the border.

 

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Former Opposition Presidential Candidate Freed in Venezuela

Manuel Rosales confirmed his release via Twitter. (Ultimas Noticias)

Former opposition presidential candidate and state governor Manuel Rosales has been released from house arrest in Venezuela. Six other opposition supporters were also freed. 

 

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Venezuela Sends Condolences to Turkey Following New Year's Terror Attack

A mourner cries over the Turkish flag-draped coffin of Yunus Gormek, 23, one of the victims of the NYD attack (Associated Press/

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry has sent condolences to Turkey following a terror attack on New Year's which left 39 people dead. 

 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Pushes Back Currency Deadline, Sees ‘Economic Expansion’ in 2017

President Nicolas Maduro says Venezuelans will now have until January 20 to use their BsF100 bills. (Prensa Presidencial)

President Nicolas Maduro again extended Thursday the window for Venezuelans to use their old BsF100 bills, just days before the currency was slated to be removed from circulation.

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Venezuela Expresses Concern Over Colombia-NATO Cooperation

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (EFE).

Venezuela released an official statement Monday expressing concerns for regional peace after Colombia and NATO agreed to expand upon an agreement against organized crime.

 

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Venezuelan Opposition Calls off Participation in Dialogue with Government

MUD opposition spokesperson Jesús Torrealba (AFP).

The opposition threatens to pull back from dialogue with the Bolivarian government citing unfulfilled agreements.

 

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Christmas Crackdown Continues for Venezuela’s Consumer Protection Agency

SUNDDE head William Contreras has alleged EPK was selling products at mark ups of over 500 percent. (SUNDDE/hand out)

Venezuela’s consumer protection agency isn’t wishing price speculators a merry Christmas.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Upholds Rights of Same-Sex Families in Landmark Ruling

“I am the Inclusion Revolution [play on words combining ‘revolution’ with ‘inclusion’]” (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court (TSJ) ruled earlier this month that children of same-sex married couples are entitled to the full rights and protections guaranteed by the state under the nation’s constitution.

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Venezuela Condemns Assassination of Russian Ambassador in Turkey

Turkish authorities carry the Russian flag-draped coffin of Andrei Karlov during a ceremony at Ankara’s Esenboga airport. (Ade

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry issued an official communiqué Monday repudiating the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

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Maduro Extends Legal Circulation of 100 Bolivar Bills Until January

President Maduro announces the extension on Saturday night (Prensa Presidencial).

The president backpedaled Friday on a decision announced last week to withdraw the notes as legal tender, citing claims of "international sabotage". 

 

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