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Venezuelan Labor Leaders Call for Union Federation Elections

Various leaders of Venezuela's primary pro-government labor union, the National Workers Union of Venezuela (UNT), called on all sectors of the organization to join together and hold elections later this year.

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Venezuela Hosts Preparatory Meeting for Second Africa-South America Summit

The first preparatory meeting for coordinators of the Second South American-Africa Summit, to be hosted by Venezuela in November 2008, concluded yesterday with a focus on strengthening South-South political and economic cooperation and an agenda of specific actions to be implemented before the summit.

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Government and Business Leaders Commit to Economic Plan for Venezuela

The Venezuelan government has planned new measures to decrease its external debt and to continue the fight against inflation, announced Venezuela's Finance Minister Rodrigo Cabezas.

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ALBA Country Representatives Meet in Venezuela to Deepen Integration

The first meeting of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) Technical Committees took place this week in Caracas to discuss the various integrated projects between the ALBA nations.

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Chavez Clashes with Venezuelan Church Leaders over Constitutional Reform

In an ongoing media row Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hit back on Monday at criticisms by Catholic Church leaders in Venezuela, who have questioned the proposed constitutional reform process, saying that the Catholic Church is interfering in Venezuelan politics, "They act as if they were a political party," he said.

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Venezuela Rejects "Intervention" of US-Proposed OAS Delegation

Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, confirmed on Thursday that an OAS delegation will not visit Venezuela to investigate the case of private television channel RCTV.

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Venezuela's RCTV Reappears on Cable and Satellite

Private television channel RCTV will be back on Venezuelan TV screens as of next Monday, via cable and satellite, disproving claims that it was shutdown by the government. Meanwhile, private station Venevision announced it would maintain a "balanced" position in Venezuelan politics.

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Venezuela, Iran to Team Up on $4 Billion Oil Project

Venezuela and Iran, oil-exporting countries that have sought to assert independence from the U.S., plan to spend a combined $4 billion on a joint project in Venezuela's heavy-crude-producing Faja del Orinoco.

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Venezuelan Government Surpasses Tax Collection Goals

Venezuela's tax collection agency SENIAT announced yesterday that the government reached 63.7% of its tax collection goal for 2007 in the first half of the year.

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Venezuelan-Iranian Car Company Releases First Models

As a product of economic agreements between Venezuela and Iran, the joint car company Venirauto released its first 300 units at an event in Caracas yesterday.

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Venezuela Takes Full Control over Oil Production

Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA announced that it took full control over all of the country’s oil production on Sunday, including two fields operated by ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil that resisted the nationalization process.

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Venezuela to Continue With Anti-Inflationary Measures

The Venezuelan government will continue its anti-inflationary measures in the second half of 2007, according to statements by Finance Minister Rodrigo Cabezas Sunday.

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Venezuela's Foreign Minister Accuses Departing U.S. Ambassador of Destabilization

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, speaking at Venezuela's Independence Day celebrations yesterday, accused the outgoing U.S. ambassador of carrying out a "destabilizing" mission in Venezuela.

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President Chavez Announces "Petrochemical Revolution"

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced the launch of a "Petrochemical Revolution" for Venezuela yesterday, emphasizing that it is vital for the diversification of the economy and for national development.

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Venezuela Sets Deadline for Mercosur Entry

In reaction to the delays in the admission of Venezuela to Mercosur, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said that if his country is not admitted in the next three months, he would withdraw Venezuela’s effort to become a full member.

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