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Venezuelan Opposition Calls off Participation in Dialogue with Government

MUD opposition spokesperson Jesús Torrealba (AFP).

The opposition threatens to pull back from dialogue with the Bolivarian government citing unfulfilled agreements.

 

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Christmas Crackdown Continues for Venezuela’s Consumer Protection Agency

SUNDDE head William Contreras has alleged EPK was selling products at mark ups of over 500 percent. (SUNDDE/hand out)

Venezuela’s consumer protection agency isn’t wishing price speculators a merry Christmas.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Upholds Rights of Same-Sex Families in Landmark Ruling

“I am the Inclusion Revolution [play on words combining ‘revolution’ with ‘inclusion’]” (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court (TSJ) ruled earlier this month that children of same-sex married couples are entitled to the full rights and protections guaranteed by the state under the nation’s constitution.

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Venezuela Condemns Assassination of Russian Ambassador in Turkey

Turkish authorities carry the Russian flag-draped coffin of Andrei Karlov during a ceremony at Ankara’s Esenboga airport. (Ade

Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry issued an official communiqué Monday repudiating the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

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Maduro Extends Legal Circulation of 100 Bolivar Bills Until January

President Maduro announces the extension on Saturday night (Prensa Presidencial).

The president backpedaled Friday on a decision announced last week to withdraw the notes as legal tender, citing claims of "international sabotage". 

 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Extends Border Closure, Decreases Window for Swapping Old Currency

President Nicolas Maduro says the value of the BsF has been drained by criminal groups hoarding the currency abroad. (Prensa Pre

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday he had extended the closure of its land borders with Colombia and Brazil, and decreased the time window for Venezuelans to deposit old bills at the central bank. Meanwhile the value of the dollar on the black market appears to have plummeted as a result of the initiative. 

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Venezuelan FM Attacked by Argentine Police Outside MERCOSUR Meeting

Venezuelan FM Delcy Rodriguez is obstructed by Argentinian police (Pagina12).

Rodriguez says she was “thrown to ground” by riot police who sought to physically prevent her from attending the foreign ministers' conference. 

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Venezuelan Government Orders Reduction in Electronic Payment Taxes

Venezuelan Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas made the announcement on Tuesday. (Archive)

 The Venezuelan government announced Tuesday a two percent reduction in value added taxes paid in electronic transactions as part of an initiative to encourage less physical currency use.

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“Dólar Today” Admits Support for Venezuelan Opposition

Dólar Today logo. (Archive)

Dólar Today founder and current US resident Gustavo Díaz voiced support for ultra-right Venezuelan opposition leaders linked to anti-government violence and coups attempts. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Appoints New Rectors to National Electoral Body

The TSJ appointed new CNE rectors on Tuesday. (Archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court appointed two new rectors to the National Electoral Council Tuesday amid an ongoing standoff with the opposition-held National Assembly. 

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Venezuelan Opposition Relaunches “Political Trial” against President Maduro

Venezuelan opposition legislators vote for an "agreement to establish the political responsibility of the President of the

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly reopened Tuesday a highly controversial unilateral impeachment proceeding against President Nicolas Maduro. 

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Venezuela Shuts-Down Border with Colombia and Arrests Currency Smugglers

Women shows stacks of 100 Bolivar bills (AFP).

President Nicolás Maduro officially ordered a temporary border closure with Colombia Monday calling the decision “necessary” and part of the country’s attempt to crackdown on “mafias”. 

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Venezuelan Authorities Question Bank President over Cyber Attacks

BOD President Victor Vargas (BOD).

Víctor Vargas, head of Banco de Occidental Descuento, was questioned on Sunday, while Venezuelan press reports that Credbank shareholder Roberto Enrique Smith Perera has fled to Miami. 

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Venezuela Recalls 100 Bolivar Note in Clampdown on Speculation

President Maduro announced the move on Sunday. (Prensa Presidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday that his government would be removing its 100 bolivar banknote from circulation in a crackdown on cross-border currency speculation. 

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Venezuela to Cooperate with UN in Importing Medicines

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez meets with representatives from UN agencies. (@vencancilleria)

Venezuela held meetings with top international agencies on Thursday with the aim of coordinating efforts to guarantee access to key imported medicines in the South American country. 

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