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Venezuelan court declines to free opposition leader

Caracas, Mar 28 (EFE).- The Caracas Court of Appeals rejected the defense attorney's plea for the release of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, locked up in a military prison since last Feb. 18, Venezuela's Supreme Court said Friday. The appellate panel "declared groundless the appeal" filed by attorneys on behalf of Lopez, accused of instigating arson and other acts of violence.

Venezuela accepts 'witness' to ease talks with opposition

Following weeks of violent protests, Venezuela's leftist government on Thursday agreed to having an outside "witness" to ease stalled talks with its political opposition. The deal, brokered by a group of South American foreign ministers, is aimed at ending the impasse between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and his political opponents, some of whom have been jailed for allegedly inciting violence.

Venezuela accepts 'witness' to ease talks with opposition

Following weeks of violent protests, Venezuela's leftist government on Thursday agreed to having an outside "witness" to ease stalled talks with its political opposition. The deal, brokered by a group of South American foreign ministers, is aimed at ending the impasse between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and his political opponents, some of whom have been jailed for allegedly inciting violence.

Venezuela accepts 'witness' to ease talks with opposition

Following weeks of violent protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday agreed to having an outside "witness" to ease stalled talks with his political opposition. The deal, brokered by a group of South American foreign ministers, is aimed at ending the impasse between Maduro's leftist government and his opponents, some of whom have been jailed for allegedly inciting violence.

US warns Venezuela of sanctions if no 'space' for opposition

Washington is weighing sanctions against Venezuela's leftist government if it fails to foster serious talks to resolve the country's political crisis, officials said Thursday. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson urged President Nicolas Maduro's government to provide "democratic space for the opposition." Sanctions could be an "important tool" if the possibility of dialogue between the government and its adversaries stalls, she added.

Opposition politician dares Venezuela to arrest her

Opposition politician Maria Corina Machado dared Venezuela's leftist government to arrest her Wednesday, as President Nicolas Maduro's administration carried out a widening crackdown on protesters. Machado was a lawmaker until Monday, when National Assembly head Diosdado Cabello kicked her out, stripped her of parliamentary immunity, and threatened to arrest her for going before the Organization of American States as a guest of Panama to try to talk about her country's crisis.

Venezuela arrests three generals for alleged coup plot

Venezuela has arrested three air force generals suspected of plotting an uprising against the leftist government, President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. Maduro told a meeting of South American foreign ministers that the three generals, who were not identified, had been in contact with the opposition and "were trying to rise up against the legitimately constituted government." "This group that was captured has direct links with sectors of the opposition and they were saying that this week was the decisive week," Maduro said.

Venezuela arrests three air force generals 'plotting coup'

By Daniel Wallis and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela has arrested three air force generals accused of plotting a coup in league with opposition politicians during the country's rumbling civil unrest, the president said on Tuesday. The move follows weeks of violence around anti-government protests that have killed 36 people in the nation's worst unrest for a decade.

Soldier, pregnant woman killed in Venezuela unrest

By Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - A pregnant woman was shot dead near Caracas and a soldier was killed in the western state of Merida, officials said, as the death toll from weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela rose to 36 on Monday. Supporters of both sides and members of the security forces have been among those killed in the nation's worst unrest in a decade, sparked by demonstrations against socialist President Nicolas Maduro that began last month.

Ousted lawmaker brands Venezuela's Maduro 'desperate'

An ousted Venezuelan lawmaker hit back at President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, accusing the government of desperation after she was effectively fired for raising the country's deadly political crisis. Maria Corina Machado has been placed under criminal investigation on the suspicion that she incited violence, terrorism and homicide by addressing a meeting of the Organization of American States.
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