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Ex-Governor Mendoza Charged with 7 Crimes in Venezuela

Former state governor and opposition leader Enrique Mendoza was charged with having committed seven crimes during the April 2002 coup against President Chavez. Mendoza insists on his innocence and says that the charges are further proof of the Chavez government's authoritarianism.

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Venezuela Intervention in Bolivian Social Unrest Denied

Bolivian government officials and the country's main opposition leader Evo Morales, denied Tuesday allegations of Venezuelan government intervention in the current Bolivian social unrest.

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Venezuela Rejects Press Association’s Condemnation

The Inter-American Press Association, which represents media owners of the Americas, charged the Venezuelan government with restricting freedom of the press. Venezuela's foreign minister rejected the charge, saying that the association merely represents media owners with an oppositional agenda.

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Venezuela’s Land Institute Recovers Public Land for Redistribution

The National Land Institute announced this weekend that land from five large landed estates would be redistributed to cooperatives and small farmers. According to the institute, in most cases the presumed owners cannot adequately prove their ownership of the land they claim.

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court Nullifies Sentence that Absolved Coup Organizers

The constitutional chamber of Venezuela's Supreme Court decided to annul the decision that had dismissed the charges against four military officers who were central to the 2002 coup attempt against Chavez. These officers may now be tried in a regular court for their actions at that time.

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Venezuela Signs Helicopter Deal with Russia, Boosts Border Security

Defense Minister Jorge Garcia Carneiro signed the long announced contract for Venezuela to purchase 10 Russian helicopters which Venezuela says will be used to better secure its 1,400 mile border with Colombia.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Defends Iran’s Right to Atomic Energy

Iran's President Khatami is visiting Venezuela this week to sign numerous cooperation agreements. During his visit, Chavez defended Iran's right to develop nuclear technology and said Venezuela would support Iran in case of US aggression.

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US State Dept.’s Roger Noriega Says Venezuela Could Soon be “Hopeless”

During a hearing at the US House of Representatives, State Dept. Official Roger Noriega said that Venezuela's neighbors must become "aware" of the stakes involved in Chavez's desire to spread the "Bolivarian Revolution."

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Venezuelan Women Celebrated International Women's Day

Women across Venezuela took to the streets yesterday to celebrate International Women's Day, to protest the current and widespread injustices that women continue to face, and to strategize for the future.

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Venezuela Police Finds New Leads in Assassination Investigation

A raid of an apartment belonging to the parents of one of the people suspected of participating in the assassination of Danilo Anderson last November, turned up a very large arms cache. Attorney General Isaias Rodriguez said that the investigation into the case is still advancing.

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Venezuela Strengthens Alliance with Qatar and France

In the last two stops of his around the world trip, President Chavez stopped in Qatar and then in France, where he signed several agreements strengthening ties between these countries. Also, Chavez announced the launch of another extra heavy crude oil project with France's Total oil company.

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Venezuela Journalists Denounce US Campaign

A group of almost 400 hundred Venezuelan journalists issued a statement denouncing what they consider is a "campaign" from the United States against Venezuela.

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Venezuela Opens A "New Dimension" in its Relationship with India

Wrapping up a four day visit to India, Venezuela's President Chavez signed six cooperation agreements with India, which include plans for Venezuela to invest in an Indian refinery and for India to invest in Venezuelan oil production, among other projects.

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50% of Venezuela Government Software will be Open Source by 2007

Venezuela's National Information and Technology Center says that the planned transition to Free Software in the country's public administration will be a challenge, but by 2007 50% of all software will be "free software."

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US Ambassador in Venezuela Laments “Lack of Communication”

William Brownfield, the US Ambassador to Venezuela, said on Thursday that he regrets the lack of communication with regard to the maneuvers that were recently conducted near the Venezuelan coast.

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