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Venezuela to receive $5 bn loan tranche from China this month

Caracas, Mar 7 (EFE).- Vice President Rafael Ramirez said Friday that Venezuela would receive a new $5 billion tranche of funding this month from China. The new disbursement will be received by the Joint Chinese-Venezuela Fund and allow Venezuela to maintain its pace of investment in large infrastructure projects, he told a press conference. Ramirez, who also serves as Venezuela's oil minister, said the agreement was reached after his meeting last week in Beijing with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and other authorities.

Venezuela to receive $5 bn loan tranche from China this month

Caracas, Mar 7 (EFE).- Vice President Rafael Ramirez said Friday that Venezuela would receive a new $5 billion tranche of funding this month from China. The new disbursement will be received by the Joint Chinese-Venezuela Fund and allow Venezuela to maintain its pace of investment in large infrastructure projects, he told a press conference. Ramirez, who also serves as Venezuela's oil minister, said the agreement was reached after his meeting last week in Beijing with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and other authorities.

Chavez day marked by parade, clashes, diplomatic spat

Venezuela marked the anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death Wednesday with a blend of solemn ceremonies, clashes and a break in relations with Panama over protests dogging his successor's presidency. President Nicolas Maduro led a military parade with tanks, fighter jets and elite troops before a ceremony next to his mentor's marble tomb in former barracks that sit atop a slum. Soldiers fired a cannon salvo at the hour of Chavez's death, 4:25 pm, from the Mountain Barracks that have become a pilgrimage site for his fervent supporters.

Chavez day marked by parade, clashes, diplomatic spat

Venezuela marked the anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death Wednesday with a blend of solemn ceremonies, clashes and a break in relations with Panama over protests dogging his successor's presidency. President Nicolas Maduro led a military parade with tanks, fighter jets and elite troops before a ceremony next to his mentor's marble tomb in former barracks that sit atop a slum. Soldiers fired a cannon salvo at the hour of Chavez's death, 4:25 pm, from the Mountain Barracks that have become a pilgrimage site for his fervent supporters.

Venezuela's Chavez remembered with pomp and protests

By Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Followers of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez flooded the streets of Venezuela on Wednesday for the anniversary of his death, an emotional but welcome distraction for his successor from violent protests raging for the last month. A year after Chavez succumbed to cancer, his self-proclaimed "son," President Nicolas Maduro, faces the biggest challenge to his rule from an explosion of anti-government demonstrations that have led to 18 deaths since February.

Chavez still 'alive' in Venezuela a year after dying of cancer

By Esteban Israel CARACAS (Reuters) - Though he died a year ago, Hugo Chavez still presents a weekly show on Venezuelan state television. In the last episode, he showed off poverty reduction data, railed at the "bourgeoisie" for looting the nation's oil wealth, and accused the opposition of fomenting instability during an hours-long monologue from the presidential palace.

Venezuela's Maduro leads tribute to Chavez along with Raul Castro

Caracas, Mar 5 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday presided at a tribute to his late predecessor, Hugo Chavez, on the first anniversary of his death, an event attended by Cuba's Raul Castro, Bolivian leader Evo Morales and Suriname head of state Desi Bouterse.

Venezuela's Maduro leads tribute to Chavez along with Raul Castro

Caracas, Mar 5 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday presided at a tribute to his late predecessor, Hugo Chavez, on the first anniversary of his death, an event attended by Cuba's Raul Castro, Bolivian leader Evo Morales and Suriname head of state Desi Bouterse.

Venezuela marks year without Chavez amid protests

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro pumped his fist as he led a parade marking one year since Hugo Chavez died Wednesday, celebrating a leader whose revolution is facing persistent protests. Standing in an open-top limousine, Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores waved at crowds of supporters as they rolled along the Avenue of Heroes in Caracas, trailed by tanks and combat helicopters. The crowd sang the national anthem in chorus with a recording of Chavez's booming voice, some choking back tears for the former colonel they remember as their "eternal comandante."

Venezuela marks year without Chavez amid protests

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro pumped his fist as he led a parade marking one year since Hugo Chavez died Wednesday, celebrating a leader whose revolution is facing persistent protests. Standing in an open-top limousine, Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores waved at crowds of supporters as they rolled along the Avenue of Heroes in Caracas, trailed later by tanks, combat helicopters and soldiers.
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