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Violence in Venezuela Prisons Claims Over 400 Lives in 2011

An NGO reported that the number of prisoners killed in custody in 2011 has already surpassed the total for 2010, making the Venezuelan jails among the most...
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Chavez Promises Military 50% Pay Rise

President Hugo Chavez announced a 50 percent salary boost and other benefits for members of Venezuela’s armed...
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‘Gang Boss’ Behind Taking of 60 Hostages in Venezuela Prison

Inmates at a maximum security prison in Venezuela have held some 60 prison employees hostage since October 14, reportedly at the request of a powerful prison gang...
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Chavez Suggests Law to Shoot Down Suspected Drug Planes

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has proposed legislation to allow the military to shoot down suspected drug trafficking...
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Inmates Free 1,550 Hostages Held in Venezuela Prison

Inmates at a Venezuelan prison released some 1,550 people who had been held hostage for more than a week by gang bosses demanding concessions from the...
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Venezuela Tries to Curb Increasingly Trigger-Happy Culture

Venezuela is altering its gun policy in an effort to stem the alarming level of street violence, but the entrenched nature of gun possession in the country will...
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Venezuela Deports Suspected Traffickers to US, Colombia

Days after Washington classed Venezuela as having failed to meet its obligations to fight drug trafficking, the country deported six suspected drug traffickers to...
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Venezuela Shrugs Off US Allegations of FARC Ties

The Venezuelan government has distanced itself from Colombia's FARC rebels in recent months, but its response to the U.S.'s naming of four more high-level officials...
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With Caracas Police Gone, Bank Robberies Up: Report

A report by El Universal highlights how "motobanquistas" -- armed men who, by motorbike, rob civilians who've just withdrawn cash -- operate in Venezuela's...