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Venezuela's Bolivarian Circles Celebrated their 2nd Anniversary

Venezuelan civil organizations know as Bolivarian Circles celebrated their 2nd anniversary with their first Ideological Congress after months of regional conferences throughout the country.

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Fugitive Venezuelan Opposition Leader Carlos Fernandez files for USA political asylum

Fugitive former Federation of Chambers of Industry & Commerce president argues suffering political persecution in Venezuela after his actions caused a historic 27% drop in Venezuela's GDP.

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Opposition Submitted Petition Signatures for Recall Referendum

The opposition delivered 3.4 million signatures to the national electoral council today, which it says is enough to activate the recall referendum against President Chavez. Chavez supporters say that many of the signatures are suspected to be fraudulent.

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Latin American Integration Takes a Big Step Forward

Venezuela Signs Andean Community-Mercosur Agreement, which will integrate Latin America more and will strengthen Latin America's weight in negotiations with EU and US.

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CITGO Dimisses Claims of Corporate Jet Given to Cuba's Fidel Castro by President Chavez

CITGO corporation, a subsidiary of Venezuela´s state oil company PDVSA, said through a press release that President Chavez has not ordered CITGO to hand over any of its planes to President Castro.

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Minister Says Government Wants Opposition to Submit Signatures

Minister Chacon: “We are the ones who are most interested that the opposition submits its signatures.”

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Opposition Coalition Will Submit Signatures at End of Week

After several delays, the opposition decided to submit the signatures on Friday, December 19. The CNE announced that opposition fears of new signature verification rules are unfounded.

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Venezuelan Troops Detain Colombian Guerrillas

General Acosta Carles says that over 40 Colombian Guerrillas have been detained in the past year. The announcement contradicts accusations of the opposition that Venezuela is secretly supporting the Colombian guerilla movements.

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Advanced General Elections is the Worst Scenario for Both Sides

Chavistas discarded the idea a year ago. the opposition fears the idea because it would imply fractures.

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OPEC May Trade Oil in €uros to Compensate for US$ Freefall

OPEC President and former Minister of Energy and Mines, Alvaro Silva Calderon, says that OPEC might switch its oil trade from US Dollars to Euros.

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Eight Police Officers Accused of Killings in April Coup to Face Trial

A judge rules that the indictments against eight metropolitan police officers accused of killings during the April 2002 coup attempt may go to trial.

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Opposition did not Collect Enough Signatures Against Chavez, According to Conversation Between Chavez Opponents

A telephone conversation between a former Attorney General and his son, both opposition figures, reveals that the NGO "Sumate" admitted to collecting only 1.9 million signatures in signature drive against President Chavez.

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International Observer Denounces Irregularities in Anti-Chavez Signature Drive

Alicia Castro, international observer of the signature drive to request a recall referendum on the mandate of President Chavez, presents a report about irregularities in the process.

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Big Turn Out at Celebration of Venezuela's Chavez's Fifth Year in Office

Hundreds of thousands marched through Caracas to celebrate Chavez's fifth year in office and the opposition's alleged failure to collect signatures to trigger a recall referendum.

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Electoral Council Accepts OAS and Carter Center as Observers for Petition Verification

Organization of American States and the Carter Center will participate in the verification of millions of recall referenda petition signatures, against legislators and President Chavez.

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