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Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations.

Venezuela in crisis as Maduro limps to a year in power

A year after promising to continue Hugo Chavez's legacy, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to lead an oil-rich country plagued by economic crisis, violent protests, and rampant crime. Maduro, the self-proclaimed "son" of iconic leader Chavez, was narrowly elected after Chavez died from cancer and was sworn in April 19, 2013, pledging to carry on his mentor's socialist legacy.

Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

By Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths.

Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths.

Venezuela in new crisis talks

Venezuela's government and opposition sat down Tuesday for a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation. Vice President Jorge Arreaza was leading the meeting with the Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition, which agreed to begin the talks last week under the auspices of South American nations and the Vatican. "Here with the (UNASUR) foreign ministers, and the nuncio, we are starting the first session of preparatory work. We will comment on the way out," tweeted Ramon Aveledo, a top MUD representative.

Chavists and opposition cheer, criticize 1st dialogue meeting

Caracas, Apr 12 (EFE).- The first meeting for a dialogue between Chavists and the opposition this week in Venezuela was followed by a day of reflection that included cheers, criticism and skepticism about its effects on the country's political crisis. Thursday's meeting of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other representatives of Chavism with members of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable, or MUD, along with foreign ministers of Unasur nations and the papal nuncio, ended with an agreement to meet again next Tuesday.

Chavists and opposition cheer, criticize 1st dialogue meeting

Caracas, Apr 12 (EFE).- The first meeting for a dialogue between Chavists and the opposition this week in Venezuela was followed by a day of reflection that included cheers, criticism and skepticism about its effects on the country's political crisis. Thursday's meeting of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other representatives of Chavism with members of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable, or MUD, along with foreign ministers of Unasur nations and the papal nuncio, ended with an agreement to meet again next Tuesday.

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs during six hours of nationally televised talks that ended at dawn Friday, a rocky first attempt to end deadly anti-government protests. Opposition leaders demanded amnesty for people arrested in two months of protests and the disarmament of radical pro-government civilian groups they accuse of terrorizing demonstrators. Maduro rejected their demands in the talks that began late Thursday, but the socialist leader invited his political rivals to another meeting on Tuesday.

Venezuela's Maduro meets opposition as death toll from protests hits 41

By Diego Ore and Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cautioned opposition leaders to keep their expectations modest on Thursday as he hosted them for mediated talks intended to stem two months of deadly political unrest. Maduro has held similar meetings previously but this was the first to include Henrique Capriles, who Maduro narrowly beat in last year's presidential election, and the first to be brokered by foreign ministers from the Unasur bloc of South American governments.

Little trust as Venezuela, opposition prepare for talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was to sit down for the first time Thursday with opposition leaders, in a bid to end weeks of deadly street protests against his beleaguered government. Just one year after succeeding his late mentor, iconic leftist leader Hugo Chavez, Maduro agreed to an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with the opposition, after the regional group Unasur -- the Union of South American Nations -- offered to mediate.
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