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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.

Tear gas fired in fresh Venezuela protests

Police fired tear gas and made several arrests as 20,000 people marched Saturday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas against what they say is President Nicolas Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. At least 31 people have been killed in more than six weeks of student-led protests against the government, representing the biggest challenge yet to Maduro, the elected socialist heir to longtime late president Hugo Chavez.

Tear gas fired in fresh Venezuela protests

Police fired tear gas and made several arrests as 20,000 people marched Saturday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas against what they say is President Nicolas Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. Three protesters were killed by pro-government militia in separate attacks in the states of Tachira, Merida and Carabobo, according to unconfirmed local media reports citing witnesses.

Tear gas fired in fresh Venezuela protests

Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas and made several arrests as 20,000 people marched on Saturday in the capital Caracas against what they see as President Nicolas Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. At least 31 people have been killed in more than six weeks of student-led protests against the government, representing the biggest challenge yet to Maduro, the elected socialist heir to longtime late president Hugo Chavez.

Thousands hit streets in fresh Venezuela protest

Thousands of demonstrators marched on Saturday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas against what they see as President Nicolas Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. At least 31 people have been killed in more than six weeks of student-led protests against the government, representing the biggest challenge yet to Maduro, the elected socialist heir to longtime late president Hugo Chavez. "In the name of freedom, put an end to dictatorship now," read one of the many banners held aloft at the latest rally.
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