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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.

Feb 23, 2014

Venezuela deaths rise as unrest claims student and biker

CARACAS (Reuters) – A female student and a young supermarket worker were the latest fatalities from Venezuela’s political unrest as the death toll from 10 days of violence rose on Saturday to at least eight.

Both sides are mourning supporters killed in the worst turmoil since President Nicolas Maduro narrowly won an election in April 2013 to replace the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Feb 22, 2014

Cable over road kills biker in new Venezuela unrest death

CARACAS (Reuters) – A young supermarket worker was killed in Venezuela when he rode his motorcycle into a cable stretched across a road in at least the seventh death in 10 days of political unrest.

Both sides are mourning supporters killed in the worst turmoil since President Nicolas Maduro narrowly won an election in April 2013 to replace the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela protesters, troops clash, death toll at six

CARACAS (Reuters) – Security forces and protesters fought around Venezuela on Thursday in streets blocked by burning barricades and a supporter of socialist President Nicolas Maduro was shot dead, the sixth fatality from more than a week of violence.

Maduro said a “fascist bullet” killed Alexis Martinez, a brother of a ruling Socialist Party legislator, in the central city of Barquisimeto. A local journalist said Martinez was shot in the chest while passing an opposition protest.

Feb 21, 2014

Venezuela protests rumble as demonstrators, troops face off

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 violence broke out last week, the most serious unrest since Maduro was narrowly elected in April 2013. There have been scores of injuries and arrests.

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.

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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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