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NGO Warns of ‘Social Explosion’ After Venezuela Elections

Non-profit organization International Crisis Group predicts a surge of violence after Venezuela’s 2012 presidential elections, whether or not President Hugo Chavez...
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FARC Guerrilla Seeks Asylum in Venezuela

Venezuela has suspended the process of extraditing a FARC guerrilla leader known as "Julian Conrado" to Colombia, after the prisoner lodged an asylum...
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Chavez’s Organized Crime War, and Calderon’s

Why is no one talking about a "drug war" in Venezuela, when murder rates are double those of Mexico and organized crime is infiltrating state bodies, asks blogger...
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Venezuela Finds 4 Cocaine Labs in Border States

So far this year Venezuelan authorities have dismantled 17 cocaine laboratories in the western states of Tachira and Zula, Defense Minister Tarek El Aissami said...
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Venezuelan Prison Minister Orders Suspension of Imprisonment

The new Venezuelan Minister of Correctional Services, Iris Varela, has put a hold on the admission of inmates into prisons in the country, with the exception of...
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Record UK Cocaine Seizure Packed in Venezuela

UK authorities found 1.2 tons of cocaine on a luxury yacht at the port of Southampton, in the country's largest ever seizure of a Class A...
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Freeing Inmates Not Enough to Fix Venezuela Prisons

Venezuela's new prison minister has promised to release nearly half of the country’s inmates in an effort to ease overcrowding, but this fails to take into account...
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New Venezuela Prison Minister Promises Reform

Venezuela’s newly appointed prison minister has promised sweeping reforms to tackle overcrowding and violence in the country’s penal...
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Chavez’s Brother Tipped as Heir; Unlikely to Crack Down on Organized Crime

With growing signs that President Hugo Chavez may be suffering from an advanced stage of cancer, his brother, Adan, seems to be positioning himself as the heir...
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Venezuela Negotiates End to Prison Stand-Off

A 27-day uprising in a Venezuelan prison has ended after talks, with some claiming that the government allowed an inmate ringleader to go...
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Ecuador the ‘UN of Crime’ and Venezuela the ‘Refuge of Terrorism’?

The arrest of a suspected member of the Russian mafia in Ecuador has prompted a U.S. official to describe it as the "United Nations" of organized crime, while...
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Venezuela Seizes Almost 7 Tons Cocaine Hidden in Heavy Machinery

In the latest indication that the country is becoming a major operations center for international organized crime, Venezuelan officials have seized nearly seven...