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Venezuelans Call for Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage UPDATED

March for sexual diversity in Merida in 2013 (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis)

Venezuelan LGBTI advocates have called on the country's National Assembly (AN) to vote in favour of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage.

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Venezuelan Government Creates Social Mission for Street Animals

Due to a lack of strict rules on the sterilisation of pets, street dogs are common in Venezuela.

The national government formally created the Mission Nevado on 30 December after a push by animal rights and environmental groups for greater assistance for street animals.

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Venezuela's Maduro Increases Minimum Wage by 10%

Maduro (centre) announcing the minimum wage increase yesterday (Luis Bobadilla)

Yesterday President Nicolas Maduro announced a new minimum wage increase of 10%, to be applied as of this month.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Renews Top Parliamentary Posts

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)’s National Assembly majority yesterday voted to re-elect the current holders of

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)’s National Assembly majority yesterday voted to re-elect the current holders of the parliament’s top posts, including Diosdado Cabello as assembly president. 

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Robotics Classroom Program Promotes Venezuelan Children’s Technological Talent

One of the robots (VTV)

Thanks to the Creative Classrooms Program called I like Robotics, that the Venezuelan government is promoting, children between the ages of eight and twelve years are involved in the technological advances of the country, with the building of robots.

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Venezuelan Government to “Establish New Economic Order” Next Year after 56.2% Inflation in 2013

A BCV graph showing the relationship between the scarcity index and various key political events; the oil lock out, the 2007 ref

Inflation in Venezuela was high in November, but has also consistently decelerated since October. Nevertheless, President Nicolas Maduro said that next year the government will “revise” key aspects of the economy in order guarantee that it is “at the service of the people”.

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Venezuelan Military's TV Channel Launched

A TV channel dedicated to the Venezuelan military was launched on Saturday (AVN)

A newly launched TV channel for Venezuela's armed forces will feature news, documentaries, soap operas and even a military-themed cooking show.

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Over 500,000 New Homes Created under Venezuela’s Housing Construction Program

Over 500,000 houses have been constructed since mid 2011 under the Venezuelan government’s mass housing construction program.

Over 500,000 houses have been constructed since mid 2011 under the Venezuelan government’s mass housing construction program.

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Venezuela's Maduro Meets With Fidel Castro

Maduro and Castro met over the weekend to commemorate the founding of ALBA (Cuba Debate)

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has visited Cuba's Fidel Castro to commemorate the founding of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).

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Maduro and Venezuelan Opposition Discuss Cooperation

Maduro met with both opposition and GPP elected officials this week (CDO)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has urged opposition parties to work with his administration, and called for greater political tolerance.

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ALBA and PetroCaribe Launch Common Economic Area to Fight Poverty

The Venezuelan delegation, including Maduro (centre) at the ALBA-Petrocaribe summit yesterday (Minci)

The II Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for Our America (ALBA) and Petrocaribe took place in Caracas yesterday. It focused on creating a “special complementary economic zone” between the member countries of both alliances in order to eradicate poverty in the region.

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Venezuelan Police University Campaigns against School of the Americas

Starting the campaign at the UNES (Victor Rivera)

Venezuela’s National Experimental University for Security (UNES), which trains police in human rights and preventative policing, has launched a two month, nationwide campaign against the US run School of the Americas (SOA).

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US and Venezuela Again Call for Better Bilateral Ties

Arreaza has stated he wants “good relations” with the US. (AVN)

Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza has said he wants “good relations” with the United States, following a statement from US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week that Washington is “ready and willing” to improve bilateral ties.

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Australian Solidarity Activists Visit Venezuela for 2013 Municipal Elections

The brigadistas at the ELAM (ELAM Press)

A group of Australian solidarity activists visited Venezuela during the recent municipal elections in order to find out more about the Bolivarian Revolution and strengthen solidarity between the peoples of the two countries.

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Venezuelan Vice President Calls for National Debate on Gasoline Prices

“For those who want homeland, come with me. But on foot, because we have to save gasoline” (Agencies).

The world's lowest petrol prices could be raised for the first time in 16 years, after the Venezuelan government called for a national debate on the country's gasoline subsidies.

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