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Maduro Congratulates Colombia on Historic Peace Accords

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro celebrated the accords publicly via his Twitter account earlier this week. (Reuters)

President Nicolás Maduro voiced his nation's support and commiment to accompany Colombia in its new chapter toward establishing peace after more than 50 years of armed conflict.

 

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Brazil’s Alleged Bribe Against Venezuela a “Misunderstanding”, says Uruguay

Uruguayan national flag waves alongside Mercosur's  official flag. (MercoPress)

Uruguay’s Foreign Minister retracted initial statements alleging that Brazil’s government attempted to “buy” Uruguay’s vote against Venezuela’s pro-tempore Mercosur Presidency Thursday.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Denounces US State Department “Double Standards”

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has been a staunch critic of US foreign policy. (EFE)

State Department officials demanded the release of politician Leopoldo Lopez on Monday.

 

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Venezuela Celebrates Silver Medal Win at Olympics

Yulimar Rojas is Venezuela’s first female Olympic silver medal winner (AFP).

Track and field athlete, Yulimar Rojas (20), is the first female Olympian to have won a silver medal in Venezuela’s sporting history. 

 

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OAS Member States Call for Recall Referendum in Venezuela

Organization of American States' flag. (Shutterstock/Jiri Flogel)

Fifteen of the regional bloc's member states have issued a statement in support of a recall referendum this year.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister: Macri is Planning Mercosur Destruction

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez. (Telesur)

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has accused Argentine President Mauricio Macri of trying to sabotage the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) after he questioned her country’s membership of the regional bloc.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Signs $4.5 Billion Mega-Mining Deal

Maduro signed eight agreements totaling USD $4.5 billion with national and transnational mining firms on Friday. (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed eight agreements totaling USD $4.5 billion with national and transnational mining firms on Friday.

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Brazilian Senate, Correa Back Venezuela as MERCOSUR President Pro Tempore

The flags of MERCOSUR’s five member-states: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela. (Archive)

The Brazilian Senate’s Economic Affairs Commission issued a statement Friday endorsing Venezuela’s legal claim to the pro tempore presidency of the Market of the South (MERCOSUR). 

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Venezuela, Colombia Consider Special ID for Border Residents

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (right) and her Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin (left) held talks Thursda

Venezuela and Colombia may soon reopen their shared border, after talks between the two countries Thursday.

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Supreme Court Orders Search for Former ETA Member in Venezuela

De Juana Chaos was allegedly sited in the Venezuelan coastal town of Chichiriviche last year (archives).

Former ETA militant, Iñaki de Juana Chaos, is one of Spain’s most wanted and was last seen in a Venezuelan coastal town.

 

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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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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 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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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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