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More protests as Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro calls for talks with U.S.

Opponents of Venezuela's leftist government prepared for a mass protest rally in Caracas Saturday, one day after President Nicolas Maduro issued a surprise call for talks with the United States. At least nine people have been killed, 104 injured and……

Violence in the streets as Venezuelan security forces clash with students

By Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several provincial cities on Thursday as protests escalated against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. At least five people have died since the unrest turned violent last week,…

Venezuela expels three U.S. diplomats for allegedly spurring anti-Maduro protests

By Girish Gupta and Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela ordered out three U.S. diplomats on Monday, accusing them of recruiting students to lead protests that were the OPEC nation’s most serious violence since President Nicolas Maduro’s April election and in which three people were killed. Foreign Minister Elias Jaua…

Students launch fresh protests in Venezuela as Maduro warns of coup attempt

About 2,000 students took the streets of the Venezuelan capital to protest the leftist government Thursday, a day after three people were shot dead and dozens injured. Walking a few hundred meters (yards) to the west, where a young opposition protester died Wednesday, they complained of government violence and “oppression.”…

Troops ‘occupy’ retailers as Venezuela issues lower-price mandate

The Venezuelan government has expanded the scope of a crackdown on soaring inflation after sending troops into appliance stores over the weekend to slash prices. Large, sometimes unruly crowds massed outside such chain stores, hoping to take advantage of huge markdowns mandated by the government. President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday…

Venezuelan lawmakers to debate special powers for Maduro

Venezuela’s legislature starts debate Tuesday on granting special powers to President Nicolas Maduro for use fighting corruption, a move opponents say could lead to witch hunts. Just two months before crucial municipal elections, elected leftist Maduro will personally ask the National Assembly to grant him power to toughen laws on…

Venezuela complains U.S. denied airspace for Maduro’s trip to China

The United States has refused permission for President Nicolas Maduro’s plane to fly through its airspace when the Venezuelan leader travels to China this weekend, Caracas said Thursday. Maduro’s government received word from US authorities that the plane was denied rights to American airspace over the Atlantic, Foreign Minister Elias…

Venezuela says hitmen captured in plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela said it derailed a plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, arresting two hitmen it said wanted to assassinate the leftist leader on orders from a Colombian conservative ex-president. Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said at a briefing that Caracas arrested the alleged hitmen, two Colombians, on August 13. The pair,…

Post-election violence in Venezuela leaves seven dead

Protests over Venezuela’s disputed election to succeed the late Hugo Chavez have so far left seven people dead and dozens injured, as president-elect Nicolas Maduro and his rival traded blame Tuesday. The political crisis in the oil-rich country deepened as protests swept parts of Caracas and other Venezuelan cities for…

Dozens of leaders to Chavez funeral, from Cuba to Iran

Venezuelan officials boasted that up to 55 world leaders will attend the state funeral of President Hugo Chavez on Friday, including US bugbears Cuba, Iran and Belarus. Interim leader Nicolas Maduro said heads of state or government from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean have confirmed their attendance…

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