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Jun 10, 2014

For Colombia fans, World Cup trumps presidential politics

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Colombian fans pouring into Brazil for their team’s first World Cup since 1998 have had to sacrifice a vote at their cliff-hanger presidential poll the day after Saturday’s opener against Greece.

“I’m sorry, but the World Cup beats elections any day!” said systems engineer Guillermo Barrera, 33, arriving on Tuesday at Belo Horizonte ahead of the Group C game.

May 28, 2014

Venezuela government accuses opposition leader of ‘coup’ plot

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan officials on Wednesday accused hardline opposition leader Maria Corina Machado of leading plots to topple President Nicolas Maduro in league with U.S. officials.

The allegations are the latest in a torrent from the government, which says three months of protests this year were a veneer for a U.S.-backed conspiracy to unseat the successor to late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

May 15, 2014

Venezuela sees protests down to hard core, over by July

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s three-month protest movement has dwindled to a hard core of a few hundred violent troublemakers and the unrest should be snuffed out by July, a top security official said.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez, who has been the public face of the government crackdown on demonstrators, told Reuters authorities were focused on about 100 radical opponents in Caracas and 100-200 elsewhere around the nation.

May 8, 2014

Maduro wards off ‘Venezuela Spring’ but troubles not over

CARACAS (Reuters) – A few weeks ago, Plaza Altamira in Caracas was teeming with thousands of highly-charged students baying for an end to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

Now, barely a dozen activists remain in the spacious 1940s square dabbling with posters. Beside them, crosses, flowers and photos lain on the floor mark the students’ dead.

Apr 21, 2014

Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the “resurrection” of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela.

Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations.

Apr 20, 2014

Venezuelan protesters hold Easter rally, plan to burn Maduro effigies

CARACAS (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters rallied on Sunday to demand the “resurrection” of Venezuelan democracy while effigies of both President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders were paraded for burning in a local Easter Day tradition.

Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations.

Apr 17, 2014

Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter.

The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths.

Apr 10, 2014

Venezuela’s Maduro, opposition to talk, unrest death toll hits 40

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro was due to host Venezuelan opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation.

Underlying the gravity of the crisis, authorities said on Thursday a policeman was shot dead in western Barquisimeto city while dispersing a demonstration.

Apr 9, 2014

Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation’s worst unrest in a decade.

In a letter, President Nicolas Maduro’s government asked that Parolin, a former envoy to Venezuela who is now the Vatican’s Secretary of State, be named a “good faith witness” to a dialogue finally agreed after two months of protests.

Apr 9, 2014

Venezuela government and foes talk; Vatican may mediate

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government and Venezuela’s main opposition group agreed on Tuesday to begin formal talks intended to halt the nation’s worst political unrest in a decade.

Representatives of the Vatican and South American regional bloc Unasur have been invited to mediate.

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      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
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