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Venezuela Turns Guns Into Homes for the Poor

Thousands of firearms were destroyed by authorities in Caracas Wednesday. (Photo: MPPRIJP)

Venezuelan authorities said Wednesday they had melted down 17,000 firearms, and would use the scrap metal as material in public housing units.

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No Recall Referendum in 2016, Confirms Venezuela’s Electoral Council

The CNE says the recall vote won't happen until first quarter 2017. (AVN)

Venezuela’s electoral authority officially ruled out holding a recall referendum in 2016 on Wednesday, despite months of protests by opposition groups.


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Venezuela Rejects “Gratuitous Attack” by Peru at UN

Peruvian President Pablo Kuczynki addresses the UN General Assembly on September 20, 2016. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

Venezuelan UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez hit back at Peruvian President Pablo Kuczynki after the latter called for international “pressure” on Venezuela during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. 

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US Coast Guard Violated Venezuela Airspace: Defense Minister

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino speaks about airspace violations, Caracas, Sept. 20, 2016 (teleSUR).
Venezuela has recorded 32 violations of its airspace in 2016 alone, according to Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino.

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Venezuelan Communist Poet, Journalist, and Ex-Guerrilla Dies at 100

Olga Luzardo. (via @NicolasMaduro)

A lifetime poet, journalist, feminist, and communist revolutionary, Olga Luzardo died on Monday at the age of 100. 

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Top Witnesses Admit Lying in Drug Hearing against Venezuelan First Lady’s Nephews

Efrain Antonio Campo Flores (2nd from L) and Franqui Fancisco Flores de Freitas stand with law enforcement officers in this Nove

Two undercover DEA informants confessed to lying to their handlers concerning illegal activities conducted during the investigation, including trafficking drugs into the US as well as hiring prostitutes.

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Dakota Pipeline Linked to 'Crushing Venezuela': Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke addresses a U.N. conference on discrimination against Indigenous populations in the Americas, Geneva, Switzerland,
The Native American activist said the economic war against Venezuela was a factor behind U.S. fracking and the Dakota pipeline.

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Venezuelan Opposition Protests After CNE Postpones Key Referendum Announcement

An anti-government rally in Venezuela earlier Friday. The authenticity of the image has been confirmed by VA. (Ultimas Noticias)

Opposition and pro government rallies broke out across Venezuela Friday, after the country’s electoral authority postponed a key decision on a long awaited recall referendum.

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NAM Condemns Intervention in Venezuela, Says Caracas

Venezuela is currently hosting the 17th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Nueva Sparta state, Margarita Island (Official).
The countries of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) have all condemned calls for international intervention in Venezuela, Caracas’ representative Rafael Ramirez said Thursday.

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MERCOSUR Blocks Venezuela from Taking Over Presidency

Venezuela entered MERCOSUR as a full member in 2012. (Archive)

The regional bloc announced that would assume the presidency for the remaining 6 month term.

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ICC Denies Receiving Opposition Activist's Case Against Maduro

Lilian Tintori (UN Watch).

The international court confirmed that it did not receive any documents stating a case against President Maduro from Lilian Tintori, self-proclaimed human rights activist and wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López.

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Pope Francis Agrees to Mediate Dialogue in Venezuela

Pope Francis (Reuters).

Pope Francis has agreed to facilitate dialogue between the Bolivarian government and opposition.


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Non-Aligned Movement Says 'No' to New Colonialism: Maduro

Venezuela Nicolas Maduro presents updates on the Non-Aligned Movement summit during his weekly television show (teleSUR).

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he would propose to transform the Non-Aligned Movement into an international organization that defiantly says "no" to the new colonialism. 

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Diplomatic Tensions Rise Between Venezuela and Chile

Artistic rendition of Chilean and Brazilian flags (Noticia Al Dia).

The Venezuelan government denounces surfacing interventionism by Chile. Meanwhile, Brazil, under Temer, shows no interest in reestablishing diplomatic ties with the Maduro administration.

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Guarimba Victims Denounce OAS Secretary General

Members of the Committee present official statement (El Universal).

The Committee of Victims of the Guarimba and the Ongoing Coup in Venezuela made public their official letter denouncing OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.

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