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US Gov’t Urges Court to Deport Venezuelans Accused of Terrorism

The U.S. Department for Homeland Security appealed an immigration judge's decision not to deport two Venezuelans who are being accused of having committed terrorist acts in Venezuela. The appeal denies that the suspects would face torture in Venezuela.

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Venezuela VP Responds to Rumsfeld: U.S. Wants to Destroy Latin American Unity

In response to accusations by U.S. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Venezuelan Vice President Rangel, accused the U.S. government of carrying through a campaign against Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Land Commission "Recovers" Two Landed Estates

The "recovery" of two large landed estates was made official, based on on the owners' inability to document their rightful ownership. They will be allowed to continue to operate parts of the land, which is currently being used, but idle parts will be distributed to landless farmers.

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Venezuela and ExxonMobil Begin Negotiations over Tax Increase

ExxonMobil, which has challenged the recent increase in oil royalty payments from 1% to 16.6% is entering into negotiations with Venezuela, to see if it can have the rate lowered. Other companies in a similar situation as ExxonMobil are paying the full increase, though.

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Venezuela’s Vice-President: “U.S. Apologizes, But Only After it has Tried Everything Else”

Speaking at the launch of the Venezuelan edition of the book "The Chavez Code," Vice-President Rangel argued that the book would make sure that no one could later claim that they did not know or that they forgot about U.S. intervention in Venezuela these past few years.

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Chavez and Foreign Minister Say US-Venezuela Relations Can Improve

In statements to the press yesterday, Venezuela's President Chavez said that he hoped relations between Venezuela and the U.S. would improve and welcomed the U.S. Secretary of State's recognition that Veenzuela is a democracy.

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Brazilian Official Defends Chavez in War of Words between Venezuela and the U.S.

As the war of words between the U.S. and Venezuela continued, Brazil's international relations advisor to President Lula said that U.S. statements about Venezuela were ill informed.

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Venezuela’s Pro-Chavez Parties Dispute Candidacies

A few months prior to the upcoming local elections, the parties of the pro-government coalition are engaged in a dispute about how their candidates should be nominated. Meanwhile, the opposition parties are attempting to form new coalitions of their own.

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Venezuela to Fulfill Millennium Goals Three Years Early

In a status report on Venezuela's progress in fulfilling the UN's "Millennium Goals" to decrease poverty and improve general well-being, Venezuela is set to fulfill its goals three years before the the stated deadline of 2015, by the end of a second Chavez' term in office.

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Kidnapper Captured in Venezuela is Colombian Guerilla

The kidnapper of the mother of major league baseball player Ugueth Urbina has been identified, four weeks after his capture. According to Venezuelan authorities he is a member of Colombia's Guerilla force. His extradition to Colombia is expected soon.

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Former CIA Agent Affirms Possibility of Chavez’s Assassination in Venezuela

Ex-CIA operative Felix Rodriguez said on a Miami television talk show that he has information that the U.S. is planning measures to "bring about a change in Venezuela" and that these measure could include a military strike against Chavez.

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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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