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The Venezuelan Economy Grows by 8.9 Percent in Second Quarter of 2007

The Venezuelan economy showed a growth rate of 8.9 percent in the second quarter of 2007, according to statistics released by the Central Bank of Venezuela this week.

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Venezuelan Government Announces Increased Agricultural Production for 2007

Total agricultural production in Venezuela has increased in 2007, according to Venezuelan Minister of Agriculture Elias Jaua. The minister estimates that agricultural production for this year will be able to resolve the shortage problems of earlier this year.

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Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela Prepares to Elect Congress Delegates

The formation of the new Unifiedd Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), described by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as “a tool to guarantee the collective direction and continuity of the [Bolivarian] Revolution,” is well underway with most assemblies or “socialist battalions”, expected to elect their spokespeople next Saturday.

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Corruption Scandal Erupts Between Venezuela and Argentina

A possible corruption scandal erupted last week in Venezuela and in Argentina when a Venezuelan businessman brought $800,000 in cash to Argentina a few days before President Chavez’s arrival to that country.

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Chavez Meets with Kirchner and Morales in Bolivia for Closer Cooperation

In the final leg of his South American tour this week, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez arrived to Bolivia last night to sign several economic agreements with Bolivian President Evo Morales as well as with Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner who was also present.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Visits Uruguay and Ecuador on South American Tour

Continuing his South American tour, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez departed from Uruguay yesterday where he signed energy agreements with President Tabaré Vazquez, and headed on to Ecuador where he met with his friend and colleague President Rafael Correa. In Quito, the two leaders signed energy agreements including an agreement to build a joint oil refinery in Ecuador.

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Venezuela Hosts Indigenous Congress, Gives Land Titles to Indigenous

Coinciding with the launch of the First International Congress of the Anti-imperialist Indigenous Peoples of Latin America, Venezuelan vice-president Jorge Rodriguez handed over eleven housing and land titles recognizing indigenous ownership of various indigenous groups throughout the country.

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Chavez Reiterates Venezuela’s Willingness to Mediate in Colombian Conflict

Rumors spread recently that Ingrid Betancourt, a hostage of the Colombian FARC guerrillas, will soon be released in Venezuela, but President Hugo Chavez says he is unaware of such plans. He reiterated his offer, though, to mediate in the conflict between the guerrilla army and the Colombian government.

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US Congressman Serrano Joins Hundreds in Public Thanks for Venezuelan Oil

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez - and the U.S. oil company that pumps his nation's oil - got a big "Gracias!" this week from the South Bronx for $3 million in donations to various nonprofit borough groups.

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Venezuela Signs New Economic Agreements in Argentina

Beginning a tour of several South American nations this week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived to Argentina yesterday to formalize several economic agreements between Venezuela and Argentina.

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Labor Dispute Continues in Venezuela’s State-Owned Oil Industry

The ongoing industrial dispute in Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA continued yesterday as a work stoppage called by some unions over a week ago, called “Zero Hour,” approached with various small industrial actions taking place around the country.

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Actor Sean Penn Tours Venezuela

The Venezuelan president reveled in his role as host to the Hollywood star as they flew across the country Friday and traveled through the countryside in a military jeep with Chavez at the wheel, stopping to greet cheering supporters.

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Chavez Announces Latin American Tour to Strengthen Integration

In a record breaking eight-hour session of Aló Presidente Sunday, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, speaking from the presidential palace of Miraflores, called for a global “alliance of civilizations” to resist the attacks of US imperialism. Chavez also officially announced he will visit Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador this week with the aim of strengthening Latin American integration.

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Zulia Regional Police Accused of Kidnappings and Collaboration with Paramilitaries

The Mayor of Maracaibo, Gian Carlo Di Martino, called for a national government takeover of the Regional Police Force of Zulia state. Di Martino’s call comes in the context of a surge of kidnappings, murder and extortion in the frontier state, which borders Colombia.

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Constitutional Reform to Give More Power to Venezuelan Communities

At a meeting with communal councils on Thursday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez emphasized the power of the grassroots as one of the most important changes of the proposed constitutional reform.

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