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July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Argentina's voters will go to the polls Sunday following a presidential campaign that has failed to ignite enthusiasm, largely because the leading candidate - the current president's wife, who has frequently been compared to Sen. Hillary Clinton - appears to have little chance of losing.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Venezuela is planning to extend its weapons purchases from Russia, adding to the $4 billion Chavez already has spent over the past two years.Sergei Ladigin, a representative of the Russian state weapon exporting company Rosoboronexport, told the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal that there are plans to double or triple those figures.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Ahead of a referendum on attempts by Venezuela's government to amend the constitution and extend President Hugo Chavez' term in office, critics of the move are urging a "no" vote rather than abstention. They worry that a low voter turnout may hand victory to Chavez.Students protesting the changes and chanting slogans such as "look up 'socialism' in a dictionary" clashed with police in the capital, Caracas, this week, leaving several wounded.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Argentina's first lady, Cristina Fernadez de Kirchner, has launched her presidential campaign, with drums, confetti - and a video clip that featured images of her with Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.With presidential elections scheduled for October, President Nestor Kirchner announced he was not running for a second term, and instead his wife - a senator and his close political advisor - has stepped up to the plate. She enjoys a strong lead in the polls.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has once again raised the specter of developing a nuclear program, saying the aim would be to reduce dependence on oil and combat climate change.As on previous occasions when Chavez has raised the issue, critics voiced alarm at the notion that a regime led by the anti-American leftist leader may develop a program that while ostensibly peaceful could bring a nuclear weapons capability within reach.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - The leaders of South America's two largest countries have visited Mexico in recent days in an effort to improve ties with a country viewed as an important regional player, energy source, and large-market economy.Brazil's President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva is currently visiting Mexico, fresh on the heels of Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, who during his visit last week criticized U.S. border fence plans and tried to lure Mexico into the South American Mercosur trade bloc.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Following a series of violent clashes between the supporters and opponents of controversial constitutional amendments in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez has stepped up threats against critics ahead of Sunday's referendum on the changes.A 19-year-old oil worker, Jose Oliveros, was shot dead Monday after he tried to drive a truck along a road blocked by demonstrators demanding that Venezuelans to vote "no" in the referendum. Police blamed the death on anti-Chavez protestors.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is wrapping up a whirlwind tour of four South American nations, dispensing largesse in the form of investment and energy deals to enhance what he calls "regional integration."The populist, anti-U.S. leader this week visited Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador, with a final stop in Bolivia Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - As Venezuela and the wider region grapple with the implications of Sunday's referendum defeat for leftist President Hugo Chavez' attempts to rewrite his country's constitution, some analysts believe he will keep trying.By a slim margin, voters rejected 69 amendments that included throwing out presidential term limits and other measures that would have given him greater powers.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused the United States of trying to sour relations between his country and Peru and Argentina, saying Washington "wants to interfere in the unity of Latin America, and the approach of our nations."
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Following days of violence prompted by a government attempt to rewrite his country's constitution, Bolivian President Evo Morales is proposing a recall referendum.A Bolivian constitutional assembly has approved a package of "reforms" including allowing the president to seek re-election as often as he likes, the nationalization of hydrocarbon industries, and a greater inclusion of indigenous people in government.Among other things, critics say that the changes will reduce the powers enjoyed by Bolivia's nine provinces.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - During a recent tour of four South American nations, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged economic aid worth more than $1 billion, adding to existing pledges totaling over $8.8 billion. Chavez, who has shown a tendency to give a hand to leftist allies such as Bolivia's Evo Morales and Rafael Correa of Ecuador, also has spread aid to other nations in Latin America, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Guyana and Dominica.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Angered by legal proceedings in Miami, officials in Venezuela and Argentina have accused the United States of trying to engineer a split between the two Latin American countries' governments.Three Venezuelan nationals and a Uruguayan citizen were arrested last week and face charges of acting as agents of a foreign power on U.S. soil, according to a press statement by the U.S. Justice Department.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia begins a visit to Washington Tuesday amid allegations by the leftist government that the U.S. Embassy in La Paz is interfering in domestic affairs.Last Wednesday, Bolivian government minister Juan Ramon Quintana warned that "the doors are open" for American officials attached to the embassy to leave if they do not abide by local regulations.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Following drawn-out negotiations with the Colombia's armed rebel group FARC, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez' effort to secure the release of three hostages appears to have failed.The negotiations with the Colombian group, whose full name is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), came after a public quarrel between Chavez and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, derided by the Venezuelan leader last November as a "sad pawn of the empire" -- a reference to the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - In a move that could revive recent tensions between the two Latin American countries, the government of Peru has granted asylum to Carlos Ortega, a Venezuelan activist who is strongly opposed to the Chavez administration.Ortega told the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal this week that Peru was granting him political asylum. Ortega is former president of the Venezuelan Workers' Confederation and a leader in protests leading up to the coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez from the Venezuelan presidency in April 2002.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Despite the defeat of last month's referendum on changing Venezuela's constitution, President Hugo Chavez is urging his supporters to resume the fight for "21st century socialism" in the country in 2008."Here we are, as always, accustomed to fighting, and [we will] fight as long as it is necessary," he said during his weekly radio and television show "Hello, President" early this week, the official Bolivarian News Agency ABN reported.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Following the latest in a series of disputes between the Argentine government and Royal Dutch Shell, the company's sole refinery in Argentina was allowed to resume activities on Tuesday. Argentina's Secretariat of the Environment and Sustainable Development confirmed the decision in a statement. It had ordered the refinery closed last Wednesday over environmental concerns, a step that led to a shortage of premium fuel and diesel throughout the country.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Despite having lost his attempt to rewrite Venezuela's constitution to strengthen his grip on the oil-rich country, President Hugo Chavez shows little sign of easing off on his anti-American rhetoric.On a recent edition of his weekly radio and television show, Chavez urged his regional allies to line up against "the empire" -- his standard term for the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Buenos Aires (CNSNews.com) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened Monday to take over and nationalize all private schools that do not accept a new education program promoting his left-wing worldview.Speaking at the opening of one of 15 new so-called "Bolivarian" schools, the anti-U.S. populist said private Venezuelan schools "shall be subordinate to the constitution and the national education system -- the Bolivarian education system. Those who don't want to will have to close their schools."