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Feb 21, 2014

Maduro threatens to expel CNN for Venezuela coverage

CARACAS, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas
Maduro threatened on Thursday to expel television network CNN
from the country if it did not “rectify” the way it has covered
deadly political protests.

At least five people have been killed in unrest that the
government blames on opposition-led “fascists” and that its
rivals blame on the security forces.

Feb 20, 2014

Venezuela protests escalate as students, security forces clash

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, with scores of injuries and arrests.

Feb 17, 2014

Venezuela’s Lopez says ready for arrest at Tuesday march

CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan opposition leader wanted by police in connection with deadly street protests said on Sunday he would march with his supporters in Caracas on Tuesday, and that he was ready to face arrest if necessary.

Authorities accuse Leopoldo Lopez of murder and terrorism in connection with violence around four days of sporadic anti-government protests that have left three people dead and both sides blaming each other for the bloodshed.

Feb 16, 2014

Police seek Venezuela opposition leader as he tweets defiance

CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan opposition leader wanted by police in connection with deadly street protests told supporters via Twitter to keep demonstrating, but peacefully, and armed police visited his father’s home, apparently seeking to arrest him.

Authorities accuse Leopoldo Lopez of murder and terrorism in connection with violence around four days of sporadic anti-government protests that have left three people dead and both sides blaming each other for the bloodshed.

Feb 15, 2014

Venezuela music star Dudamel targeted by opposition critics

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s classical music superstar Gustavo Dudamel is facing vitriolic criticism from some supporters of the country’s political opposition who accuse him of keeping silent during unrest this week that killed three people.

Dudamel, 33, is director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He is visiting his home country to conduct concerts marking the 39th anniversary of its renowned “El Sistema” music program, which gives classical music training to children from poor neighborhoods.

Feb 15, 2014

Venezuela frees some student protesters, unrest continues

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities freed 25 student protesters on Friday pending trial and said that 74 others arrested after this week’s deadly political turmoil would be processed within hours.

Demonstrators gathered in various cities as they have done since Wednesday. In a more affluent part of eastern Caracas, police used teargas and water cannons to clear a square of about 1,000 protesters, some of whom lit fires and threw stones at the security forces.

Feb 14, 2014

Venezuela seeks protest leader’s arrest after unrest kills three

CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan court ordered the arrest on Thursday of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges including murder and terrorism linked to street protests that resulted in the deaths of three people the day before.

Using a slogan “The Exit,” the U.S.-educated Lopez has for two weeks helped organize sporadic demonstrations around the country to denounce President Nicolas Maduro for failing to control inflation, crime and product shortages.

Feb 13, 2014

Venezuela violence puts focus on militant ‘colectivo’ groups

CARACAS (Reuters) – This week’s explosion of violence in Venezuela has again put a spotlight on militant grassroots groups called “colectivos”, which view themselves as the defenders of revolutionary socialism but are denounced by opponents as thugs.

A well-known colectivo leader was shot dead during competing political demonstrations in Caracas on Wednesday, while opposition activists blamed colectivos for starting the violence in which two other people died.

Feb 13, 2014

Venezuelan rivals trade blame over protest killing at least three people

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government and the opposition traded accusations on Thursday after at least three people were shot dead in the worst unrest since protests last year that followed President Nicolas Maduro’s narrow election victory.

Almost a year after the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez, the bloodshed on Wednesday was the latest demonstration of the OPEC nation’s deep polarization and the mutual mistrust between both political camps.

Feb 12, 2014

At least two killed by gunfire at Venezuela protests

CARACAS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – At least two people were shot
dead on Wednesday during anti-government protests in Caracas,
escalating the worst bout of unrest in Venezuela since turmoil
after President Nicolas Maduro’s election last year.

The deaths illustrated the South American OPEC nation’s deep
political divide and volatility almost a year after the death of
former socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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