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Venezuela Concludes Price Negotiations for Cement Nationalizations

Venezuelan Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez

As the deadline for negotiations of indemnity for Venezuela’s nationalized cement industry passed Monday, the Venezuelan government announced that it had come to agreements with the French cement company Lafarge and Switzerland’s Holcim, but will unilaterally set the price for Mexico’s CEMEX.

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Venezuela Increases Collaboration with Paraguay As Lugo Assumes Presidency

Venezuela's President Chavez and Paraguay's President Lugo embrace during Lugo's inauguration (Prensa Presidencial)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has promised new Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo “all the oil he needs” during a public event on the weekend in Uruguay after Lugo was inaugurated on Friday.

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Venezuela to Launch Its First Satellite from China in November

President Hugo Chávez inspected the sattelite control station in Venezuela's Guárico state Sunday. (Prensa Presidencial)
Venezuela’s first satellite will be launched from Chinese soil on November 1st, President Hugo Chávez announced on his weekly Sunday talk show Aló Presidente, which was broadcast from the satellite control station located at an air base on the vast plains of the state of Guárico, Venezuela.

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Landowners Attack Venezuelan Indigenous Clamoring for Land Rights in Zulia

Cacique Sabino Romero, leader of the occupations of 14 landed estates, victim of repeated assassination attempts by landowners (
A Venezuelan indigenous community belonging to the Yukpa ethnic group, which is demanding legal title to its ancestral lands, was attacked last week by hundreds of armed aggressors. According to the Yukpa, the aggressors were hired by elite landowners to evict the indigenous population from land each claim as theirs.

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Chavez Accuses the US of Direct Intervention in South Ossetia Conflict

Map of Georgia and South Ossetia
On Thursday night, upon his arrival in Paraguay for the inauguration of the recently elected President Fernando Lugo, Hugo Chavez made a declaration in which he accused the United States government of intervening directly with Georgia in the conflict against South Ossetia.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Meets with President of World Jewish Congress

President Chavez met with leaders of the World Jewish Congress

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez met with the President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald Lauder, and the President of the Latin American Jewish Congress, Jack Terpins today. Following the meeting, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said the meeting allows the Chavez government to “deepen the dialogue.”

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Venezuela Loosens Food Price Regulations To Improve Supply

A Mercal store, where food is sold at government subsidised prices (Archive)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and the Ministry of Light Industries and Trade of Venezuela eliminated price controls on some products and increased the regulated prices of others with the aim of promoting national production, reaching a full food supply, and guaranteeing fair prices.

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Venezuela Pledges Strengthened Alliance with Bolivia Following Morales Referendum Victory

President Chávez congratulated Bolivian President Evo Morales for advancing South America's "peaceful revolution" (Agencianova)
The Venezuelan government congratulated Bolivian President Evo Morales for a successful national referendum Sunday in which Morales’s presidency was ratified by a record 63.1% of the vote.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Candidates Register For Regional Elections

March in support of Marcos Diaz, PSUV candidate for governor of the state of Merida (Tamara Pearson)
Over the weekend and today, almost all of the candidates of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) registered for the upcoming November 23 state and regional elections in the National Electoral Council (CNE) office, many accompanied by large marches of their supporters.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Ratifies Candidate Disqualifications as Constitutional

Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) issued a long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of disqualifying candidates who are accused of corruption. (Archive)
Venezuela's Supreme Court issued a series of decisions Tuesday and Wednesday that validated the Comptroller General's ruling to temporarily disqualify nearly 300 opposition and pro-Chavez Venezuelans accused of corruption from holding public office.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Pushes for New World Financial System in Argentina

President Lula of Brazil, Kirchner of Argentina, and Chavez of Venezuela meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina to discuss development projects. (Prensa Presidencial)
Countries in South America are constructing a new international financial system, said the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, after meeting with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Brazilian President Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva in Buenos Aires on Monday.

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Chávez Signs 26 Law-Decrees on Final Day of Enabling Law Power

President Hugo Chávez and other government officials said the text of the laws and the process by which they were passed are in line with the 1999 constitution.(Archive)
On the final day of the 18-month period during which the Venezuelan National Assembly granted President Hugo Chávez the power to pass laws by decree, Chávez signed 26 new laws regulating the armed forces, public administration, social security system, banks, agricultural production, and the tourism industry.

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Chavez Nationalizes Bank of Venezuela on Last Day of Presidential Decree Period

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced Thursday that the Venezuelan government will nationalize the Bank of Venezuela, the country's third largest bank. Thursday also marked the expiration of Chávez’s 18-month, National Assembly-approved permit to pass law-decrees independently from the National Assembly.

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Venezuela to Represent Latin America in Non-Aligned Movement

118 country delegates at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Iran commended Venezuela's free elections and called for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. (Getty)
Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Nicolás Maduro, was elected to represent Latin America and the Caribbean at the XV Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Iran this week

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Venezuela Anxiously Awaits Supreme Court Decision on Disqualified Candidates

Chacao Mayor Leopoldo Lopez surrounded by supporters in front of the Supreme Court, during a protest against his disqualification as candidate, because of corruption charges.  (El Universal)
Venezuelans on both sides of the country’s political divide await with bated breath an imminent decision of the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Comptroller General’s disqualification of candidates for public office, due to accusations of corruption.

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