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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.

Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela death toll rises to 13 as protests flare

CARACAS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Anti-government demonstrators
put up barricades and set fire to trash in Caracas on Monday
despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests
that have led to 13 deaths in Venezuela’s worst unrest for a
decade.

Traffic in the capital slowed to a crawl and many people
stayed home as protesters burned trash and piled debris along
main avenues a day after opposition leader Henrique Capriles
called on them to keep demonstrations peaceful.

Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela protest leader ‘alone but firm’ in jail cell

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan protest leader Leopoldo Lopez is being held alone in a small cell at a military jail but remains strong and wants his supporters to stay in the streets, his family says.

The wife and parents of Lopez, who was arrested last week as the alleged mastermind of unrest against President Nicolas Maduro’s government, spoke after several visits to the hilltop Ramo Verde jail outside Caracas.

Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela unrest death toll rises to 13 as protests resume

CARACAS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Anti-government demonstrators
set up barricades and started fires in Caracas on Monday despite
calls from within the opposition to rein in protests that have
led to 13 deaths in Venezuela’s worst unrest for a decade.

Traffic in the capital slowed to a crawl and many people
stayed home as protesters burned trash and piled debris along
main avenues a day after opposition leader Henrique Capriles
called on them to keep demonstrations peaceful.

Feb 24, 2014

Venezuela protests flare anew, government and opposition may meet

CARACAS (Reuters) – Anti-government demonstrators set up barricades in Venezuela’s capital on Monday, snarling traffic, despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests in which at least 11 people have died in the OPEC nation.

Traffic slowed to a crawl around Caracas, and many people stayed at home, as protesters burned trash and piled debris along main avenues a day after opposition leader Henrique Capriles called on them to keep demonstrations peaceful.

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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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