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Venezuela's UN Ambassador Resignation Generates Controversy

The resignation of Venezuela's ambassador to the UN, citing human rights violations and lack of democracy in Venezuela, has caused strong reactions by the government

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Credit Suisse: There Will be no Recall Referendum Against Venezuela's Chavez

In its daily analysis report to investors, Credit Suisse Bank said that the political situation could improve and recommended the opposition to focus on the regional and local elections coming up next August

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U.S. State Department Expresses Support for Venezuela's Electoral Authorities

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed what could be interpreted as support for Venezuela's electoral authorities and the process of reconfirmation of signatures for a recall referendum on President Chavez

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Venezuela's Media Presents Superficial Information About Deaths in Anti-Government Protests

Venezuela's private media is attempting to hide the fact that opposition groups are armed and firing against security forces. Information regarding the caliber of bullets responsible for the wounds and deaths is being withheld

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Venezuela's Opposition Did Not Collect Enough Signatures Yet for Chavez Recall

Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) announced today that not enough valid signatures were collected by the opposition to force a recall referendum on President Hugo Chavez without a further verification of signatures.

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Venezuela Ceases All Training of Soldiers at the School of the Americas

The government of Venezuela announced that it is going to cease all training of Venezuelan soldiers at the controversial U.S.-based "School of the Americas"

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Protests by Venezuela's Opposition Continue in Middle-Class Areas

Barricades and clashes with troops continue, as opponents of President Chavez pressure for a recall. Opposition-controlled police forces refuse to restore order. One person was reported death

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Hundreds of Thousands of Venezuelans Protested in Caracas Against U.S. Intervention

On Sunday, pro-Chavez forces turned out for one of their largest demonstrations yet to protest against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. In his speech Chavez warned the U.S. government not to interfere in Venezuelan affairs

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Foes of Venezuela's Chavez Caused Destruction, two More Deaths in Saturday Riots

Two more people resulted dead at road blockades set up by opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez last Saturday. Opponents plan to distribute liquor and weapons at demonstrations

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Venezuela’s Electoral Council Presents Details About How and Why it Placed Signatures under Observation

The Electoral Council detailed how citizens can correct council decisions on the validity of their name in the recall referendum petition. Council member Rodriguez presented examples of suspicious signatures which are subject to further verification. Also, Rodriguez denounced death threats against himself and his family.

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One Death During Clashes Between Venezuelan Opposition Militants and Troops as G-15 Summit Starts

One death and thirty wounded was the result of clashes between opposition demonstrators and National Guard troops, as protesters attempted to march into the G-15 Summit

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Complaints of Fraud Continue to Grow in Venezuela Recall Process

A group called “Victims of Fraud” is processing growing complaints of misuse of people’s data in the petition drive to recall President Chavez. The Electoral Council will setup 600 centers for signature reconfirmation.

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148.000 Petition Forms With Similar Calligraphy Under Observation in Venezuela Recall

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council decided to set aside for further review 148.000 petition forms that present similar calligraphy. The signatures will then be subject to re-confirmation by individual signers

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Venezuela's Chavez Likely to Remain in Office, and Win Reelection, Bear Stearns Predicts

Wall Street firm Bear Stearns predicts that Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is likely to finish his term in office, surviving a possible recall, and probably winning re-election in 2006

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Venezuelan Lawmakers in U.S. Visit to Discuss Recall Referenda Fraud and Sovereignty Issues

A delegation of Venezuelan lawmakers is currently in U.S. to dicuss the alleged fraud during the signature collection process, and the U.S. financing of groups seeking to oust President Chavez

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