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Venezuela government, opposition to resume talks Thursday

A Venezuelan opposition coalition and President Nicolas Maduro's government will meet for new talks aimed at ending more than two months of deadly anti-government protests, officials said Tuesday. "We have a date, Thursday, but we still do not have a time and place," said Ramon Guillermo Aveledo of the Democratic Unity (MUD). It will be the fourth such meeting, this time in private, since April 7. "They have not been what one might wish for (but) some progress has been made," Aveledo said.

China, Venezuela discuss cooperation deals

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on a tour of Latin America, met his Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua Monday to discuss boosting cooperation in a range of areas including energy. The diplomats also talked about enhancing collaboration on industrial development, as well as education, housing and cultural matters, the Venezuelan foreign ministry said. Beijing is an important source of investment capital for Venezuela, which sits atop the world's largest proven crude oil reserves.

Riot police, protesters clash in Venezuela

Fresh clashes erupted in Venezuela's capital on Sunday, with hooded anti-government protesters hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police who returned fire with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon. Eight people were reported injured in the unrest that erupted in Caracas's upscale Chacao neighborhood, a hotbed of anti-government opposition. Oil-rich Venezuela has been rocked by two months of deadly protests, with at least 41 people killed since a wave of demonstrations against the leftist government of Nicolas Maduro broke out in early February.

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.
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