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Mar 13, 2014

Venezuela says death toll from protests rises to 28

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s state prosecutor said on Thursday the death toll from a month of violent protests had risen to 28, after the nation’s top court ordered opposition mayors to dismantle barricades set up by street protesters.

State prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, speaking on the sidelines of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, also said 1,293 detainees had been released and 104 remained in custody accused of serious crimes during the anti-government demonstrations.

Mar 11, 2014

Venezuela says police killed government agent in bungled arrest of protester

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan prosecutors accused a policeman on Monday of shooting dead a young female intelligence agent that he mistook for a kidnapper after her plainclothes team forced a suspected protester into their car.

The incident took place on Friday in a wealthy eastern part of Caracas, in an area where hooded opposition demonstrators clash nightly with riot police. At least 21 people have died in the country’s worst unrest for a decade.

Mar 10, 2014

Protests and talks widen rifts in Venezuela opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) – As violent protests in Venezuela alienate moderates in the opposition and show no signs of toppling President Nicolas Maduro, the socialist leader’s call for talks is deepening divisions between his rivals.

The country’s worst civil unrest in a decade has killed at least 20 people, including supporters of both sides and members of the security forces, since early last month.

Mar 2, 2014

Venezuela government says foes seek to slam it at Oscars

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government said “right-wing extremists” were lobbying in Hollywood for movie stars to denounce President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist administration from the stage at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Venezuela has been rocked by its worst unrest in a decade, with at least 17 people killed in violence around opposition demonstrations and clashes between hooded protesters, security forces, and pro-government militants.

Mar 2, 2014

Venezuela gov’t says foes seek to slam it at Oscars

CARACAS, March 1 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government said
“right-wing extremists” were lobbying in Hollywood for movie
stars to denounce President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist
administration from the stage at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Venezuela has been rocked by its worst unrest in a decade,
with at least 17 people killed in violence around opposition
demonstrations and clashes between hooded protesters, security
forces, and pro-government militants.

Mar 1, 2014

Venezuela foreign minister to meet Ban Ki-moon in Geneva

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela said on Saturday its foreign minister will meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Geneva on Tuesday amid growing international calls for dialogue between political players to ease the OPEC nation’s worst unrest in a decade.

At least 17 people have died in violence during a month of opposition protests. President Nicolas Maduro says his foes are trying to trigger a coup, while his opponents accuse troops and pro-government militants of attacking demonstrators.

Feb 28, 2014

Jailed Venezuela protest leader mocks Maduro’s talks

CARACAS (Reuters) – Jailed 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 17 people.

Maduro, 51, seems to have weathered the worst of an explosion of protests against his socialist government that exposed deep discontent with 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 as some protests still simmered but President Nicolas Maduro’s government was 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

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

Pope calls for calm in Venezuela as both sides march

CARACAS (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday called 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 for a decade.

Both political camps were marching in cities around the country, with the focus being rallies in different parts of the capital Caracas: one by female opposition supporters and another by agricultural workers who support the socialist government.

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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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