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Venezuelans Living Overseas Will Not be Able to Participate in Signature Drives for Recall Referenda

National Electoral Council says that it does not have the technical capability to prevent fraud in overseas signature collection centers. Only 0.2 percent of registered voters live overseas.

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Venezuelan Children with HIV/AIDS Receive Free Medical Treatment

The number of children receiving free antiretroviral drugs from the state has doubled in the past two years. Local NGOs had fought in court on behalf of HIV/AIDS patients in order to obtain treatment.

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Venezuelan Opposition Group That Called for Coup d'etat Will be Investigated

The Attorney General announced that his office will investigate members of an opposition coalition that made a public call for civil disobedience and for the military to intervene during recall petition drive.

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Opposition Leader Admits Faking Medical Condition in Order to Escape Arrest

Opposition leader and ex-president of the Chamber of Commerce Carlos Fernandez admits faking a medical condition in order to escape Venezuelan authorities after failed sabotage and lock-out to try to oust President Chavez.

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Electoral Council Denounces Opposition Group’s Efforts to Distort Recall Referendum

The opposition group "Democratic Bloc" is urging citizens to consider the signature collection process as the recall referendum. The CNE rejects such efforts, saying that the group's ads distort the actual process of the recall referendum.

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Supreme Tribunal President Says He Will not Argue with Media Owners Despite Discredit Campaign

Ivan Rincon talks about the credibility of the Tribunal, the firing of First Court magistrates after corruption allegations, and responds to accusations of being pro-government.

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Police Seized Arsenals of Weapons to be Used by the Opposition During Petition Drive

Assault rifle cartridges, grenades, military uniforms, and bullets, are among the weapons found. Vice-president Rangel calls it "part of a coup d'etat infrastructure". A rebel military officer is in custody.

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Elections Council Approves Rules for Observers and Campaigning

New rules regulate the imparciality of observers and restrict political advertisements on television. Also, an agreement with the telelphone company Cantv will provide for secure communications beween observers and CNE.

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Canadians Call for Protest of the Censoring of Documentary About Venezuelan Coup

After Amnesty International's decision to cancel the screening of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, several Canadian groups are organizing an information picket outside the theatre where the film was going to shown. Also, an alternative screening has been organized.

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Venezuela Invites US Officials to see Results of Investigations of Alleged Links to Guerrillas

Venezuelan Ambassador, invited US officials to see the results of investigations of alleged links between his government and Colombian guerrillas. He also asked for chages to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that suggests those links.

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Legislators Present New Evidence of Opposition’s Hidden Agenda

Former Chamber of Commerce president Carlos Fernandez and an advisor to the union federation discuss CIA contact and destabilization

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U.S. Congress votes to suspend all aid to Venezuela if links to FARC are proven

Last Friday the US Senate voted in favor of the foreign appopriations bill, which would redirect all US funds for the Venezuelan government toward Venezuela's "civil society" if the State Department certifies that Venezuela is supporting Colombian guerillas.

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Censorship of Documentary by Amnesty International Sparks Campaign of Support

The Canadian Chapter of AI yielded to pressure from Venezuelan opposition groups to cancel the screening of an award-winning documentary about the 2002 coup d'etat en Venezuela.

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Government Files Formal Complaint with International Observers About Opposition Plans to Violate Agreement

Government negotiators of the April 2003 government-opposition agreement file a complaint with the OAS, UNDP, and Carter Center, the organizations that facilitated the negotiations. According to them the opposition is planning to violate the agreement.

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Microcredits to generate 150.000 new jobs in 2004

Microcredits for cooperatives and microenterprises constitute a key strategy of the government to generate employment in Venezuela

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