Venezuelan Boxer Admits to Murdering Wife, Commits Suicide in Jail
By Mariela Rosario | 04/19/2010 - 17:00

Edwin Valero, the Venezuelan World championship boxer who was coined the next Manny Pacquiao, was found dead of apparent suicide this weekend after admitting to murdering his wife. Valero was taken into police custody on Saturday after the body of his 24-year-old wife, Jennifer Viera, was found violently stabbed to death in a hotel in the city of Valencia in Venezuela.


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6 Venezuelan TV Channels Taken off the Air for Disobedience
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/25/2010 - 17:00

On Saturday, the Venezuelan government took six cable TV channels off the air for disobeying a law requiring them to air government messages. Last week, 24 channels—including RCTV—were redefined as national rather than international broadcasters, meaning they are now forced to carry President Hugo Chavez’s addresses and campaign materials throughout this election year.


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Welcome to the Miss Fat Gay Venezuela Pageant
By Mariela Rosario | 12/08/2009 - 11:14

Being fat in Venezuela is taboo. The country seems to breed Miss Universe winners! But a different kind of beauty pageant is taking Hugo Chavez's homeland by storm these days. And if you thought being pudgy was taboo, what about being overweight, gay and a queen? Downright scandalous.


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Chavez Warns Troops to Prepare for War with Colombia
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/10/2009 - 11:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country's soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between his country and Colombia. Tensions between the two countries continue to rise, and Chavez insists that if a conflict broke out, "it could extend throughout the whole continent."


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Colombian Soccer Team Members Found Murdered in Venezuela
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/26/2009 - 11:00

At least 10 members of an amateur Colombian soccer team were kidnapped and found shot to death in Tachira, a town on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, Reuters reports. Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez told reporters the athletes were on their side of the border. One team member survived the attack, and another player is still missing.


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Violence Erupts in Venezuela Over Proposed Education Reform
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 08/14/2009 - 09:20

Protesters in Caracas were sprayed with tear gas as they
gathered outside of parliament to oppose a bill that would broaden state
control over schools. The bill would require the country's public and private
schools to base their teaching on "the Bolivarian Doctrine"— a
reference to 19th Century independence hero Simon Bolivar's ideals, such as
Latin American unity and national self-determination.


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Venezuela Attempts to Regulate Media Through Harsh New Law Proposal
By Anabell Romero | 07/31/2009 - 14:07

A controversial new media law proposed in Venezuela could lead to the imprisonment of journalists for publishing “harmful” content that undermines the government, the BBC reports.


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5.3 Earthquake Jolts Venezuelan Coastal Region
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 05/04/2009 - 16:00

Residents of the Caracas and the surrounding area were sent running from their homes and into the rain when an earthquake shook the area before dawn on Monday morning. The quake was 5.3 magnitude, with the epicenter 25 miles south of Caracas and at a depth of 6.2 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the second tremor to hit Venezuela in recent weeks.


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Chavez Calls Obama "Ignoramus"
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/23/2009 - 11:40

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has resumed trash talking President Barack Obama. In response to the U.S. president’s assertion in a January interview with Univision that Chavez exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America, Chavez said Obama was at best an "ignoramus,” Reuters reports.


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New Line of Revolutionary Action Figures Created by Venezuelan Family
By Mariela Rosario | 03/13/2009 - 17:20

Father and daughter team Angel and Joyce Parra have teamed up to create a different kind of action figure. Angel, a 58-year-old painter and socialist told the NY Daily News that he was inspired by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to create a line of toys about the revolutionary heroes of the country.


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