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Mar 10, 2014

Chilean is first foreign fatality in Venezuela unrest

CARACAS (Reuters) – A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters in the first foreign fatality from a month of unrest in Venezuela, authorities and state media said on Monday.

The death of Giselle Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, brought to at least 21 the total number of fatalities in five weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

Mar 5, 2014

Venezuela’s Chavez remembered with pomp and protests

CARACAS (Reuters) – Followers of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will flood the nation’s streets on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of his death, a sad but welcome distraction for his would-be successor, who has struggled for a month to contain violent protests.

A year after Chavez succumbed to cancer, his self-proclaimed “son”, President Nicolas Maduro, faces a determined challenge to his rule from an explosion of anti-government demonstrations that have led to clashes with security forces and 18 deaths.

Mar 5, 2014

Venezuela marks anniversary of Chavez’s death with pomp and protests

CARACAS (Reuters) – Followers of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will flood the nation’s streets on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of his death, a sad but welcome distraction for his would-be successor, who has struggled for a month to contain violent protests.

A year after Chavez succumbed to cancer, his self-proclaimed “son”, President Nicolas Maduro, faces a determined challenge to his rule from an explosion of anti-government demonstrations that have led to clashes with security forces and 18 deaths.

Mar 4, 2014

Amid protests, Venezuela to remember late Hugo Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela geared up on Tuesday for commemorations of socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s death despite continued protests against his successor that have shaken the OPEC member and threatened the legacy of “El Comandante.”

Even as students maintained a few barricades in some cities and activists held new rallies, President Nicolas Maduro’s government was making lavish plans to honor Chavez on Wednesday’s anniversary of his death from cancer.

Feb 28, 2014

Jailed Venezuela protest leader mocks Maduro’s talks

CARACAS (Reuters) – Imprisoned Venezuelan protest leader Leopoldo Lopez scoffed on Friday at President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to open talks with opponents and businessman after a month of demonstrations and violence that have killed at least 13 people.

Maduro, 51, seems to have weathered the worst of an explosion of protests against his socialist government that exposed deep discontent with Venezuela’s economic problems and brought the nation’s worst unrest in a decade.

Feb 27, 2014

Carnival holiday may take heat out of Venezuela crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans began a week-long national holiday on Thursday with some protests still simmering but President Nicolas Maduro’s government hoping the break will take the heat out of the nation’s worst unrest for a decade.

The 51-year-old successor to Hugo Chavez brought forward by two days a long weekend national holiday for Carnival when Venezuelans traditionally abandon cities and head for Caribbean coast beaches to relax and party.

Feb 27, 2014

Venezuela unrest shakes up opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) – One month ago, Henrique Capriles was Venezuela’s undisputed opposition leader, espousing a vision of dialogue and measured dissent towards the socialist government.

With a narrow but bruising presidential election defeat behind him and the next election not due until 2019, the state governor saw good government in opposition strongholds and grassroots work with the poor as the best way to build support.

Feb 26, 2014

Pope, U.N. urge calm and dialogue amid Venezuela unrest

CARACAS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis called on Wednesday for an end to violence in Venezuela that has killed at least 13 people and urged politicians to take the lead in calming the nation’s worst unrest in a decade.

Both political camps demonstrated in cities round Venezuela. In the capital Caracas, female opposition supporters rallied, while agricultural workers marched to the presidential palace in support of the Socialist government.

Feb 26, 2014

U.S. expels Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat move over unrest

CARACAS (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday ordered three Venezuelan diplomats to leave in reprisal for President Nicolas Maduro’s expulsion of three American embassy staff accused of fomenting unrest that has killed at least 13 people.

Students and others opposed to Maduro want him to quit over high rates of crime and inflation, lack of basic foodstuffs and what they call his heavy-handed suppression of their protests.

Feb 25, 2014

Venezuela to nominate envoy to U.S. as unrest seethes

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Maduro’s government plans to nominate a new ambassador to the United States on Tuesday despite accusing Washington of fomenting violence which has killed more than 13 people, Venezuela’s worst unrest in a decade.

Disputes between the ideologically opposed governments were common during the 1999-2013 rule of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez and have continued under his successor, although the United States remains the OPEC member’s main export market.

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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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