Venezuela officially joins Mercosur

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BRASILIA, Brazil – VENEZUELA was officially welcomed into the Mercosur trade bloc yesterday, giving that nation’s leader Hugo Chavez a long-awaited political prize and strengthening links among the region’s agricultural and energy powerhouses. The inclusion of Venezuela also deepens a political rift within the South American trade group. Paraguay, which long blocked Venezuela’s entry,…

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