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"Puerto Rico Vive": Venezuela Celebrates Independence Leader's Release

President Nicolás Maduro during Wednesday’s press conference at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. (Presidential Pres
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro lauded Tuesday US President Barak Obama’s decision to pardon Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera.
 
 

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Venezuela to Open Currency Exchange Houses Along Colombian Border

Currency exchange house. (Archive)

The eight new currency exchange centers are aimed at combatting the cross-border smuggling of Venezuelan bolivars. 

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Obama Extends Executive Order Targeting Venezuela for Second Time

Outgoing US President Barack Obama renewed the Executive Order last Friday (teleSUR).

The executive order labels Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to US national security.

 

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Colombia: We Will Not Reopen Venezuela Border Crossing for Cars

The Cucuta border crossing between Venezuela and Colombia (TeleSUR).

The decision comes after Venezuela’s move to start selling fuel in foreign currency along its border. 

 

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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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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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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 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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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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Venezuelan FM Attacked by Argentine Police Outside MERCOSUR Meeting

Venezuelan FM Delcy Rodriguez is obstructed by Argentinian police (Pagina12).

Rodriguez says she was “thrown to ground” by riot police who sought to physically prevent her from attending the foreign ministers' conference. 

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Venezuela Shuts-Down Border with Colombia and Arrests Currency Smugglers

Women shows stacks of 100 Bolivar bills (AFP).

President Nicolás Maduro officially ordered a temporary border closure with Colombia Monday calling the decision “necessary” and part of the country’s attempt to crackdown on “mafias”. 

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Venezuela to Cooperate with UN in Importing Medicines

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez meets with representatives from UN agencies. (@vencancilleria)

Venezuela held meetings with top international agencies on Thursday with the aim of coordinating efforts to guarantee access to key imported medicines in the South American country. 

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Venezuela Invokes MERCOSUR Protocol to Mediate Conflict

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (center) has said right-wing governments in the region were trying to stage a coup i

Venezuela began the process to implement the Olivos Protocol Monday after MERCOSUR's founding nations suspended it last week for allegedly failing to implement internal agreements.

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Mercosur Suspends Venezuela

Venezuela has been a member of Mercosur since 2012. (Prensa Seniat)

South American trade bloc Mercosur has agreed to suspend Venezuela, officials reportedly said Thursday.

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