South America

Venezuelan Envoy: Venezuela Open to Improving Relations With the United States

January 21, 2013

“Venezuela’s government is open to improving troubled ties with Washington and is considering a U.S. proposal for the return of anti-drug agents kicked out of the country eight years ago by President Hugo Chavez.”

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Welcomes Popular Vote on FARC Peace Deal

January 20, 2013

“Ivan Marquez, head of the Marxist FARC negotiating team, has called for a national assembly to change Colombia’s constitution and ensure any agreements would be set in stone.”

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Colombia’s ELN Rebels Kidnap Five Workers, Including a Canadian

January 18, 2013

“The five were taken hostage by members of the National Liberation Army (ELN), Colombia’s second largest guerrilla group, at a site next to a gold mine, army General Alejandro Navas told reporters.”

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Bolivian Lawmaker Caught on Camera Attempting to Rape a Colleague on the Parliament Floor

January 18, 2013

“Bolivian lawmaker Domingo Alcibia Rivera “was caught on camera allegedly raping a colleague on the Parliament floor on December 20th after an alcohol-fueled holiday luncheon. But until the video was leaked this week, the story was hushed up,” Jezebel reports.”

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Venezuela’s Military Supports President Hugo Chavez Despite Health Concerns

January 16, 2013

“Chavez was unable to be sworn in last week for a new term because he is in Cuba recovering from a fourth cancer surgery. His absence at the inauguration raised constitutional questions about who is in charge of the country, opposition politicians said.”

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro Gives Annual State of the Nation Address in Place of President Hugo Chavez

January 15, 2013

“In a brief speech to the National Assembly, Mr Maduro pledged loyalty to the president and said Mr Chavez remained in charge of the country.”

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos: Venezuela will Continue to Support FARC Peace Talks if Hugo Chavez Dies

January 15, 2013

“Chavez, a fiery socialist leader who is fighting to recover from cancer surgery, has played a key role in pushing the talks between Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, as they try to end almost fifty years of war.”

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Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro: Hugo Chavez Asked Aides Questions During Visit in Cuba

January 15, 2013

“Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on television that he and other officials including Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez met with Chavez on Monday. Maduro said they provided him with an update on “the government in a new stage” and other matters.”

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Bolivia Re-Admitted to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs with a Special Dispensation for Coca Leaves

January 15, 2013

“Fifteen countries objected to Bolivia’s special dispensation, far short of the 62 it would have taken to block the country from re-joining.”

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Colombia’s FARC Rebels: Ceasefire Will End on January 20th

January 15, 2013

“The announcement came as peace talks between the rebels and the Colombian government resumed in the Cuban capital, Havana.”

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Report: Brazil to Push for Venezuela to Hold Elections if President Hugo Chavez Dies

January 14, 2013

“”We are explicitly saying that if Chavez dies, we would like to see elections as soon as possible,” one official said. “We think that’s the best way to ensure a peaceful democratic transition, which is Brazil’s main desire.”"

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Chief Colombian Government Negotiator: Peace Talks with the FARC Rebels Must “Pick Up the Pace”

January 14, 2013

“The Farc ceasefire expires on 20 January.”

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Venezuelan Government: Hugo Chavez’s Condition is Improving

January 14, 2013

“Chavez, who missed his own inauguration for a new, six-year term last week, has not been seen or heard from in public since the surgery.”

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Brother Adan Chavez: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is “not in a Coma”

January 13, 2013

“Adan Chavez said in a statement on Saturday that “reports that the president is in a coma and that the family is discussing ending life support are totally false”.”

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Venezeulan President Hugo Chavez Won’t Be Able to Attend His Swearing-In on Thursday

January 8, 2013

“National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello made the announcement during a legislative session while reading a letter from Vice President Nicolas Maduro.”

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