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Peru's Vargas Llosa to take secret of Garcia Marquez spat to grave

By Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Peruvian author and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa vowed on Thursday to honor until death a pact with his late Colombian counterpart Gabriel Garcia Marquez not to reveal the mystery of their famous decades-old enmity. The two Latin American literary greats were once friends, but stopped speaking to each other in 1976 when Vargas Llosa gave Garcia Marquez a black eye in a dispute - depending on who one believes - over politics or the Peruvian's wife.

Venezuela's Maduro promises importers overdue hard currency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday promised to pay back billions of dollars in government debt to disgruntled importers, after widespread shortages of basic goods helped fuel months of deadly anti-government protests. "We are going to immediately pay back 30 percent of (the total hard currency owed to importers) as a way to move forward on these commitments," Maduro told a gathering of business leaders.

Venezuela aims to boost oil exports to China

Venezuela hopes to boost its oil exports to China by more than half to a million barrels a day, President Nicolas Maduro said Monday after talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The two countries are in talks on investments to achieve this goal, said Maduro, adding "we are going to achieve it." Wang is on a tour of Latin American countries. In 2013 Venezuela exported an average of 626,000 barrels a day of oil to energy-hungry China. China is Venezuela's main oil customer after the United States.

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 discussed enhancing collaboration on industrial development, as well as education, housing and cultural matters, the Venezuelan foreign ministry said. Wang was due to meet later with President Nicolas Maduro. The top Chinese diplomat arrived in Caracas from his first stop in the region, Cuba.

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.

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. Four 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.
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