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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.

OAS votes against talks on Venezuela crisis

Venezuela on Friday managed to prevent discussion of its political crisis at an Organization of American States meeting, and also stopped an opposition lawmaker from speaking to the regional body. After an eight-hour session closed to the press at the group's Washington headquarters, 22 countries voted against discussing Venezuela's increasingly violent political crisis.

OAS bars press for session on Venezuela

The Organization of American States decided Friday to close to the press a session at which a prominent Venezuelan opposition lawmaker was expected to speak to the regional body. The OAS's permanent council voted 22 to 11 in favor of barring the press, with member abstaining. "The objective of this meeting is not to turn itself into a circus for an outside audience as some representatives have shown they want to do," Brazil's ambassador said, explaining his country's vote in favor of closing the session.

Venezuela's U.S. dollar shortage puts health sector in intensive care

By Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - While hemophilia sufferer Sergio Tovar lay in agony for five days at a hospital in Venezuela, his friends and family scoured hospitals and pharmacies looking for life-saving drugs. Eventually a cousin, Jenny Sequeda, helped find a substitute for the protein coagulant Tovar needs for his blood condition. Almost everywhere they went in the southwestern state of Apure it was the same story: a lack of dollars meant importers had stopped purchasing the medicine.

Clashes in Caracas after opposition mayors arrested

Demonstrators clashed with riot police in Caracas on Thursday after a march against the arrest of two opposition mayors accused of failing to stop violence in protests that have rocked Venezuela. Some 3,000 people had rallied against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro before a subgroup of protesters threw rocks at police who responded with tear gas and water cannons.

Opposition mayors arrested in Venezuela

Caracas, Mar 20 (EFE).- Two opposition mayors were arrested for their alleged inaction in the face of violent anti-government protests after a court decision, Venezuela's interior minister said Thursday. "The state entities, and ... not the government, are acting to protect the rights of the majority and not to protect the rights of a small group who wants, under the excuse of the right to protest, to stir up the lives of Venezuelans and strike at the governability necessary in the country," Miguel Rodriguez Torres told reporters.

Venezuelan intelligence arrests opposition mayor

Venezuela upped pressure on the opposition Wednesday after weeks of protests, arresting the mayor of the town where they started and seeking a probe of a prominent anti-government lawmaker. Authorities said the death toll from the protests rose to at least 30 after a policeman died trying to break up a protest in the western city of San Cristobal, where the demos began February 4. They later spread to Caracas and many other cities, although they are now losing intensity.

Venezuela arrests two opposition mayors

Venezuela upped pressure on the opposition Wednesday after weeks of protests, arresting two mayors including one in the town where they started and seeking a probe of a prominent anti-government lawmaker. Authorities said the death toll from the protests rose to at least 30 after a policeman died trying to break up a protest in the western city of San Cristobal, where the demos began February 4. They later spread to Caracas and many other cities, although they are now losing intensity.
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