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Nephews of Venezuela’s First Lady Confess to Cocaine Smuggling

US Drug Enforcement Agency officers detain Efrain Antonio Campo Flores (2nd from left) and Franqui Fancisco Flores de Freitas in

Cilia Flores’ nephews were arrested in Haiti last November and face charges of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States.

 

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Marriage Equality Faces Challenge from Right in Venezuela

Venezuelans participate in annual pride march. The rainbow colored posted reads: "I am Venezuelan, I am a citizen, I am a m

A conservative group filed their official opposition to same sex civil marriage and the right to legal identity modifications for transgender individuals last week.

 

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UNHCR Refutes AFP Venezuela Coverage

Venezuelans cross over to Colombia to purchase food and other basic goods in recent border opening (El Heraldo).

In an official statement to the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Relations, the international human rights refugee commission refuted recent AFP coverage regarding the Venezuelan-Colombian border situation.

 

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Venezuela's Maduro Commits Funds to Seized Factory

President Nicolas Maduro tours the installations of the Kimberly Clark and committed millions to help the factory produce import
The factory, now controlled by the workers, can provide 20 percent of the national demand for hard-to-find personal hygiene products.
 
 

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Venezuela's Justice Minister Accuses Detained US Citizen of Paramilitary Ties

Joshua Holt with then fiancee, Thamara Belen Caleño Candelo (noticierodigital).

Gustavo González López confirmed that US citizen Joshua Holt was in possession of high calibre weapons and had links to “political organisations” in Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Attorney General Voices Concerns over Government Anti-Crime Operation

Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz. (Archive)

Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz said that a concerning number of human rights abuses had been reported in connection to the operation and suggested that the  government’s new militarized policing model had not succeeded in reducing violent crime.

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Indigenous Yukpa Leader Assassinated in Venezuela

The National Indian Council of Venezuela (CONIVE) vehemently denounced the indigenous chief’s murder on Sunday. (Twitter: Rusb

Cristóbal Romero was shot several times by armed assailants on Saturday night. 

 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Blocks Parliamentary Motion to Remove Justices

Venezuela’s Supreme Court. (Archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court (TSJ) struck down Tuesday a parliamentary commission seeking to unseat the high court’s 13 justices over alleged constitutional violations.

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EU Foreign Ministers Back UNASUR-led Dialogue in Venezuela

The EU Foreign Ministers’ Council endorsed UNASUR-led dialogue efforts in Venezuela during a meeting in Brussels on Monday. (E

The European Union’s Council of Foreign Ministers voiced their support Monday for the dialogue efforts between the Venezuelan government. 

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Venezuela Opens Border Again but Many Return Empty Handed

Venezuelans return empty-handed from the Colombian border city of Cúcuta on July 16, 2016. (@GobiernoTachira)

Many Venezuelans found goods in Colombia to be prohibitively expensive as a result of an ongoing transport strike, which has led to a spike in prices. 

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Venezuela's National Assembly Declares Supreme Court Unconstitutional

The TSJ has repeatedly struck down legislation from the AN. (TeleSUR)

Venezuela's opposition-led parliament demanded Thursday that three members of the country's Supreme Court step down.

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Reports of Attacks Against Food Distribution Trucks Increase in Venezuela

A state operated food distribution truck in Catia, Caracas. (Bloomberg)

Local community councils and media have reported networks of re-sellers and gangs have orchestrated more than a dozen attacks and robberies in the last 90 days against food distribution trucks.

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Venezuelan Parliament Passes New Oil and Mining Laws in First Discussion

Venezuela's National Assembly in downtown Caracas. (archive)

The proposed amendment would reopen Venezuela’s oil servicing sector to private capital, prohibit further expropriations, and mandate the state pay compensation within 180 days. 

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Venezuela Backs Worker Takeover of Kimberley Clark as Citibank Moves to Close BCV Account

Labor Minister Oswaldo Vera signs a workers' petition to reopen the factory under worker control. (@Carluisv-@rogertradicio

Maduro green lighted a request by workers to occupy a factory owned by US consumer products giant Kimberly Clark after the latter shut its doors, firing nearly 1000 workers. 

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Maduro Creates New Supply Mission as Fresh Imports Arrive from Trinidad & Tobago

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking at a council of ministers meeting on Monday. (Prensa Presidencial)

The president has announced a new production and distribution program for food and medicine tasked with addressing the nation’s chronic scarcities.

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