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France Solicits Venezuela’s Help in Negotiations with Iran

Chancellors of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, and France, Bernard Kouchner (VTV)
During talks between French and Venezuelan government officials on Thursday in Paris, during which the two countries reached ten bilateral cooperation agreements, France asked Venezuela to facilitate dialogue between the European Union and Iran.

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Venezuelan Government Promises Rapid Investigation of Murder of Student Leader

It is presumed that hired assassins shot Soto to death, according to the director of Venezuela's national criminal investigations unit, Marcos Chávez. (Union Radio)
On Thursday, the Venezuelan government launched an investigation into the murder of Julio Soto, the president of the student government at the University of Zulia, and asked that the crime not be used as a pretext for violent destabilization as the November regional and local elections approach.

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Venezuela and South American Allies Advance Integration

The presidents of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Brazil met in Manaus, Brazil, on Tuesday to advance the economic and political integration of the South American continent. They discussed plans for expanded infrastructure, the formation of new banks among nations in the Global South, and the impact of the world financial crisis on their countries.

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Venezuelan President Congratulates Ecuador for Ratifying New Constitution

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa cheers as news that voters approved the new constition came in. (AP)
In a phone call, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez congratulated Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa for the ratification of a new national constitution by 63.9% of voters in a nation-wide referendum Sunday.

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Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Launches Campaign for Regional Elections

Hugo Chavez gives speech to PSUV members on Sunday (PSUV)
At the main national launch of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) electoral campaign on Sunday Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez declared that it would be possible to win all the governor positions but warned against complacency and betrayal and also looked at the tasks of the revolution beyond the elections.

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“Ahead of Financial Crisis,” Venezuela’s Chávez Spins through Europe

Continuing on a world tour that started with Cuba and China, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez concretized plans for a joint energy company and bank with Russia, strengthened political ties with France, and secured the importation of one million laptop computers from Portugal this Thursday and Friday.

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Venezuelan Government and its Allies Respond to Human Rights Watch Report

Over the past week, Venezuelan government officials, labor union leaders, and journalists criticized what they say are inaccuracies in the report on Venezuela that the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) published last Thursday.

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Venezuela and China Expand Joint Oil and Investment Accords

President Chavez speaks to the press in Beijing (Prensa Presidencial)
Venezuela and China signed accords Tuesday to increase the flow of Venezuelan oil to China, increase Chinese investments in Venezuelan telecommunications and agriculture, and double the size of a previously established joint investment fund.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Launches Electoral Campaign

Supporters of President Chavez gather outside the presidential palace to launch the campaign for the Nov. 23rd mayoral and gubernatoral elections. (ABN)
The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) officially launched its campaign for regional and municipal elections of November 23 on Tuesday.

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Venezuela Expands Electricity Production, Conserves Energy Amid Shortages

President Hugo Chavez presents a graph as he explains national electricity production on his weekly talk show Alo Presidente last Sunday (Prensa Presidencial)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced Sunday that the government will build 21 local electricity generating plants to reduce Venezuela's dependence on hydroelectricity and satisfy the rapidly growing energy demand nationwide.

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London Protesters Demand an End to US Coups

Campaigners picketing the US embassy in London.
Scores of solidarity campaigners picketed the US embassy in London on Wednesday night before a huge rally at the National Union of Journalists head office to demand an end to US interference in Latin America.

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Venezuela Expels Human Rights Watch Director for “Meddling Illegally”

Human Rights Watch Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco was expelled from Venezuela Thursday for violating the conditions of his tourist visa because he engaged in political activity in the country. (YVKE)
The Venezuelan government expelled two employees of the U.S-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco and Americas Deputy Director Daniel Wilkinson, after the two presented a report that harshly criticized the "government's willful disregard" for fundamental rights.

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Former Venezuelan Vice President Testifies on Recent Coup Plot

Former Vice-President José Vicente Rangel spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon, after testifying before the National Assembly's special commission to investigate the latest coup plot against President Chavez.
In a presentation to the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) on Wednesday, former Vice-President José Vicente Rangel detailed the results of his ongoing investigations into plots to assassinate President Hugo Chávez and overthrow the government.

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Venezuela Says U.S. Uses Anti-Drug List as “Weapon of Domination”

Venezuela's recently appointed Minister of the Interior and Justice, Tarek El-Aissami, spoke to the press at the National Anti-Drug Office (ONA) Tuesday. (VTV)
Venezuelan government officials rejected the U.S. government's renewed placement of Venezuela on a list of principal countries where illegal drugs are transported or produced, calling it a political maneuver meant to weaken the Venezuelan and Bolivian governments.

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Venezuelan Economy Stays Strong Despite US Financial Crisis

President Chavez speaks to the press informally following the press conference (Prensa Presidencial)
The Venezuelan economy is solid, in contrast to current world financial turbulence and despite the drop in oil prices, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez said in a press conference yesterday.

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