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Venezuela’s Maduro Approves Nearly $19 Million for Storm Clean-up

Tropical storm Bret lashed Venezuela's central north earlier this week. (YVKE)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Wednesday he had approved close to US$19 million in funding for emergency services in the wake of tropical storm Bret.

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CLAP: Venezuela's Latest Food Distribution and Production Initiative

A look at how the government's Local Food Production and Provision Committees (CLAPs) are operating in Barquisimeto, Lara.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Vows to Expand Food Distribution Program to 6 Million Families

President Nicolas Maduro inaugurating a new CLAP packaging facility in Sucre state. (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Wednesday plans to expand his government’s flagship anti-scarcity program to cover 6 million families.

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Venezuelan Housing Mission Reaches 1.5 Million Homes

The GMVV’s 1.5 millionth house was unveiled in Cua, Miranda state. (Gregorio Terán/AVN)

Venezuela’s Great Housing Mission (GMVV) has reached the record of 1.5 million homes built nationwide since 2011. 

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Venezuela Increases Food Vouchers by 70% Effective March 1

Monthly state food tickets will be increased to 108,000 Bolivars as of March 1. (GacetaOficial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday a 70 percent hike in the value of state food vouchers in a bid to safeguard workers’ salaries against rising inflation. 

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Guarimba Victims Pursue New Charges Against Leopoldo Lopez as Opposition Marches

Victims of the Guarimbas march in Caracas. (Zurimar Campos/AVN)

Venezuela’s Committee of Victims of the Guarimba petitioned the Attorney General’s office to re-open its case against right-wing politician Leopoldo Lopez on Saturday, marking the third anniversary of his arrest. 

 

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Venezuela Opens Registration for Social Missions Card

Venezuelans queuing up to register for their Homeland Cards. (UltimasNoticias)

The new identity card is intended to streamline access to social programs among the country’s most vulnerable sectors.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Highlights Social Achievements in Annual Address to the Nation

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addresses the Supreme Court for his annual address to the nation. (AVN and Prensa Presidenci

Maduro said his administration had managed to expand social welfare provision despite facing a severe economic crisis.  

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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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Venezuelans Prefer Maduro to Opposition Administration, says New Poll

Venezuela’s beleaguered president, Nicolas Maduro, is still the number one option for more than 50% of Venezuelans. (Hinterlac

Analysts partly attribute the upswing in support for the president to his government's increasingly popular grassroots food distribution network, the CLAPs. 

 

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