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US Secretary of State Reverses Brief Thaw in Relations with Venezuela

Shortly after a positive meeting between the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Venezuela's Ambassador to the U.S., Condoleezza Rice made strong statements against Venezuela that accused Chavez of influencing other countries away from democracy. The Bush government seeks to create "united front" against Chavez in response.

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Venezuela’s Telecommunications Commission Sanctions 22 Media Outlets

Conatel, Venezuela’s Telecommunications Commission, has sanctioned 22 media outlets for alleged violations of the Law of Social Responsibility, mostly involving failure to submit broadcast tapes.

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Venezuelan Military Officers Charged with Corruption

17 military officers were charged with corruption for embezzling $1.3 million from a sugar plantation in the state of Barinas. The Minister of Agriculture denied he new about the charges a year ago, as some had reported.

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Venezuela Buys More Argentine Debt

Venezuela recently bought over $300 million in Argentine debt, apparently part of a strategy to help Argentina replenish its reserves after an IMF payoff and to increase regional integration.

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Final Deadline Passes for US Missionaries to Leave Venezuela

The deadline for missionaries from the New Tribes evangelical group has passed, causing most of them to leave Venezuela. Last November, accusing them of spying and of imposing values on indigenous populations, President Chavez gave the group three months to leave the country.

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Venezuelan Government and CITGO Launch Low-Cost Heating Oil Program in Delaware

State homeless shelters and 20,000 people in Delaware will benefit from more than 1 million gallons of oil provided by CITGO under Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's heating oil assistance program.

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Venezuela and US Want Better Relations in Spite of Recent Controversy

Venezuelan President Chavez said his government is willing to change the state of relations if the US "shows some respect for Venezuela. Venezuela's US Ambassador complains of lack of acces to State Department officials for weeks.

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Trial Against Venezuelan NGO Annulled, To Begin Anew in March

Amid debates about freedom of dissent and independence of the judiciary, an appeals court ruled to nullify the trial of four leaders of the opposition NGO Súmate. The trial will start over again in March.

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Venezuela's Chavez Tells Britain's Tony Blair Not to Get Involved

Responding to recent comments by Tony Blair that Venezuela should respect rules of the international community, Chavez said angrily that Blair should "not mess with me" and that it is Blair who disrespects international law.

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Spanish Arms Manufacturer Says It Cannot Export Planes to Venezuela

The Spanish arms manufacturer, EADS-CASA, which had agreed to export 12 military planes to Venezuela, says it will not be able to fulfill its contract because of a US veto on the inclusion of US-made parts in the planes. Replacing the parts with non-US items would be unviable, according to EADS-CASA.

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Caracas Objects to “Enhancement” of Voice of America Coverage to Venezuela

US President George Bush’s proposed 2007 budget requests enhanced Voice of America coverage to Venezuela. Caracas responded by suggesting that Washington take care of US poor.

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Venezuelan Participatory Community Planning Councils to Receive $1 Billion

Venezuela’s President Chavez announced that his government will allocate $1 billion to expand and fund community planning councils, which give people direct control in local decisions.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Inaugurates Campaign for Second Six-Year Term

During a march commorating the anniversary of Chavez's 1992 coup attempt, where hundreds of thousands of Chavez supporters demonstrated in Caracas, Chavez offically launched his reelection campaign. Chavez also announced a variety of new government programs.

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Venezuela Expels U.S. Embassy Officer, U.S. Retaliates

Shortly after President Chavez announced that his government expelled a military attaché of the US embassy in Venezuela, for spying on the Venezuelan military, the U.S. government retaliated and announced the expulsion of the chief of staff of the Venezuelan ambassador to the US.

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Venezuela defends Telesur's Cooperation with Aljazeera

Venezuela has hit back at a US congressman's criticism of a recently unveiled alliance between Aljazeera and Latin America's Telesur network.

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