Venezuela says producing aluminum despite strike


CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Venezuela's state-run aluminum smelters Venalum and Alcasa are maintaining output despite a strike by foes of President Hugo Chavez, which had disrupted essential natural gas supplies to basic industries, industry officials said on Thursday. The opposition strike, now in its 18th day, has brought oil operations to a virtual standstill in the world's No. 5 petroleum exporter. It also reduced natural gas supplies to industries. Gen. Francisco Rangel, ...

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