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Venezuela in new crisis talks

Venezuela's government and opposition sat down Tuesday for a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation. Vice President Jorge Arreaza was leading the meeting with the Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition, which agreed to begin the talks last week under the auspices of South American nations and the Vatican. "Here with the (UNASUR) foreign ministers, and the nuncio, we are starting the first session of preparatory work. We will comment on the way out," tweeted Ramon Aveledo, a top MUD representative.

Little trust as Venezuela, opposition prepare for talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was to sit down for the first time Thursday with opposition leaders, in a bid to end weeks of deadly street protests against his beleaguered government. Just one year after succeeding his late mentor, iconic leftist leader Hugo Chavez, Maduro agreed to an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with the opposition, after the regional group Unasur -- the Union of South American Nations -- offered to mediate.

Bolivia's Morales presents new biography: from poverty to presidency

La Paz, Mar 29 (EFE).- Bolivian President Evo Morales presented his new biography, "Mi Vida, de Orinoca al Palacio Quemado," which contains little-known aspects of a life that began in the remote Andean indigenous community of Isallavi on Oct. 26, 1959. Morales said he decided to tell the truth because many books, both good and bad, have been published about his life and even one that, he said, was written full of distortions and lies by an alleged CIA agent, whom he did not identify.

Bolivia's Morales presents new biography: from poverty to presidency

La Paz, Mar 29 (EFE).- Bolivian President Evo Morales presented his new biography, "Mi Vida, de Orinoca al Palacio Quemado," which contains little-known aspects of a life that began in the remote Andean indigenous community of Isallavi on Oct. 26, 1959. Morales said he decided to tell the truth because many books, both good and bad, have been published about his life and even one that, he said, was written full of distortions and lies by an alleged CIA agent, whom he did not identify.

Fidel Castro publishes transcript of post-coup call with Chavez

Havana, Mar 28 (EFE).- Cuba's Fidel Castro published Friday the complete transcript of the telephone conversation he had with Hugo Chavez in April 2002 when the since-deceased Venezuelan president was restored to office following an abortive coup. Friday's edition of Communist Party daily Granma included an eight-page supplement with a few words by Castro together with the transcript of the April 14, 2002, exchange.

Pro-government rally in Venezuela, Maduro eyes talks

Hundreds of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro's leftist government staged a colorful rally in the Venezuelan capital Saturday, as opponents called for more protests from their side. Maduro announced he would propose to the United States creating a high-level commission for bilateral talks -- after days of tenser than usual rhetoric between the old-time foes.

Chilean is first foreign fatality in Venezuela unrest

By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela, authorities said on Monday. The death of Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, brought to at least 21 the number of fatalities in five weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government.

Chavez day marked by parade, clashes, diplomatic spat

Venezuela marked the first anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death Wednesday with a blend of solemn ceremonies, clashes and a break in relations with Panama over protests dogging his successor's presidency. President Nicolas Maduro led a military parade with tanks, fighter jets and elite troops before a ceremony next to his mentor's marble tomb in former barracks that sit atop a Caracas slum. Soldiers fired a cannon salvo at the hour of Chavez's death, 4:25 pm, from the Mountain Barracks that have become a pilgrimage site for his fervent leftist supporters.

Chavez day marked by parade, clashes, diplomatic spat

Venezuela marked the first anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death Wednesday with a blend of solemn ceremonies, clashes and a break in relations with Panama over protests dogging his successor's presidency. President Nicolas Maduro led a military parade with tanks, fighter jets and elite troops before a ceremony next to his mentor's marble tomb in former barracks that sit atop a Caracas slum. Soldiers fired a cannon salvo at the hour of Chavez's death, 4:25 pm, from the Mountain Barracks that have become a pilgrimage site for his fervent leftist supporters.

Chavez day marked by parade, clashes, diplomatic spat

Venezuela marked the anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death Wednesday with a blend of solemn ceremonies, clashes and a break in relations with Panama over protests dogging his successor's presidency. President Nicolas Maduro led a military parade with tanks, fighter jets and elite troops before a ceremony next to his mentor's marble tomb in former barracks that sit atop a slum. Soldiers fired a cannon salvo at the hour of Chavez's death, 4:25 pm, from the Mountain Barracks that have become a pilgrimage site for his fervent supporters.
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