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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.

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.

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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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