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Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade. In a letter, President Nicolas Maduro's government asked that Parolin, a former envoy to Venezuela who is now the Vatican's secretary of state, be named a "good faith witness" to a dialogue agreed after two months of protests.

Maduro to meet Venezuela opposition in bid to end crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition coalition representatives agreed Tuesday to hold talks on ending two months of anti-government protests that have left 39 people dead in their oil-rich nation. The talks, tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, will be overseen by UNASUR, a regional South American grouping, and the Vatican.

Venezuela opposition to join exploratory talks with government

By Eyanir Chinea and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition said it agreed to attend exploratory talks on Tuesday with President Nicolas Maduro's government in a bid to end the country's worst political unrest for a decade. Clashes between security forces and pro-government militants on one side and hooded opposition demonstrators blocking streets on the other have killed at least 39 people since mid-February.

Venezuela's Maduro accepts proposal to meet with opposition

Caracas, Apr 7 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Monday that he had accepted the proposal of the foreign ministers from the Union of South American Nations to meet with representatives of the opposition. "We had a rather broad conversation. They proposed to me to have a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) with the opposition delegation and, well, I accepted, as I've been calling for political dialogue, for peace, for democracy for eight weeks," said Maduro in public remarks at the end of his meeting with the diplomats.

Venezuela's Maduro accepts proposal to meet with opposition

Caracas, Apr 7 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Monday that he had accepted the proposal of the foreign ministers from the Union of South American Nations to meet with representatives of the opposition. "We had a rather broad conversation. They proposed to me to have a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) with the opposition delegation and, well, I accepted, as I've been calling for political dialogue, for peace, for democracy for eight weeks," said Maduro in public remarks at the end of his meeting with the diplomats.

Maduro agrees to negotiations in protest-hit Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro agreed to meet with a Venezuelan opposition delegation on Tuesday, after a fresh push from top diplomats from across South America. In just over two months, 39 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters angered by soaring crime, high inflation and shortages demonstrators blame on Maduro's elected, heavily state-led socialist government.

Venezuela charges opposition leader, protests erupt

Protests erupted in Caracas late Friday after Venezuela's attorney general charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez with responsibility for anti-government demonstrations that have shaken the country since February. Riot police fired tear gas at crowds of rock-throwing demonstrators in the Chacao neighborhood in what has become an almost regular nightly ritual. In an ominous sign of possible escalation, a masked man was photographed moving among the protesters armed with what appeared to be a rifle with a telescopic sight.

Venezuela charges opposition leader, sparking protests

Protests broke out in Caracas Friday after Venezuela's attorney general charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez with responsibility for anti-government demonstrations that have shaken the country for two months. The Harvard-educated economist has been held in a military prison since his February 18 arrest in the midst of an opposition protest rally against leftist President Nicolas Maduro, who has faced near-daily demonstrations since early February.

Venezuela charges opposition leader, sparking protests

Venezuela's attorney general formally charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Friday over anti-government protests that have roiled the country for two months, triggering fresh demonstrations in Caracas. The Harvard-educated economist has been held in a military prison since his February 18 arrest in the midst of an opposition protest rally against leftist President Nicolas Maduro, who has faced near-daily demonstrations since early February.

Death toll in Venezuela protests reaches 39

Caracas, Apr 4 (EFE).- Venezuela's attorney general said that 39 people have now been killed in protests against the leftist government of Nicolas Maduro since Feb. 12. "We have 39 fatalites from acts of violence...31 were civilians and eight were police and military personnel," Luisa Ortega told a press conference. The civilian fatalities include both opponents and supporters of the government. The number of injured stands at 608, of whom 414 are civilians and 194 are government employees, she said.
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