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Venezuela set for new crisis talks

Venezuela's government and opposition will sit 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 will preside over 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. Anti-government protests have rattled Venezuela since February, leaving at least 41 people dead and more than 600 injured, with opposing sides trading blame for the violence.

Dozens hurt as anti-government protest in Rome turns violent

Police fired tear gas and made a number of arrests in Rome on Saturday as an anti-government protest turned violent, leaving several injured, according to medics and an AFP photographer. Hooded protesters hurled rocks and firecrackers at police, causing some 20 injuries to officers, according to authorities. One protester was seriously hurt -- losing a number of fingers -- after a firecracker apparently exploded prematurely in his hand. According to the interior ministry, six people were taken into custody.

Fresh protests rock Taiwan's police and parliament

Hundreds of demonstrators surrounded a police station before staging a sit-in outside parliament late Friday to demand a top police official resign for removing protestors from parliament earlier in the day. About 500 people surrounded a police station in downtown Taipei to voice their anger at its chief Fang Yang-ning, who had removed dozens of protestors who had refused to leave parliament after student activists ended their occupation of the main chamber. "Step down," they shouted as Fang tried to appease the crowd while dozens of riot officers guarded the station.

Protesters march against police violence in Madrid

Hundreds of chanting demonstrators marched through the streets of Madrid on Thursday to protest against alleged police violence at a large anti-austerity demonstration in the Spanish capital last month. The protesters accused police of brutality during demonstrations by tens of thousands on March 22. That protest turned violent as demonstrators dispersed with dozens of youths smashing bank windows and setting fire to rubbish bins. Police responded by firing rubber bullets and charging to disperse protestors. Twenty-four people were arrested, including three minors.

Ukraine city rejects pro-Russian demands amid violent protests

The eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday rejected all demands by pro-Russian militants, who continued to protest outside the government offices which they have seized twice this week. Scores of cleaners swarmed the corridors of the imposing state government headquarters after the protesters were thrown out for a second time, having trashed and torched several offices overnight Monday.

Taiwan protesters to end occupation of parliament: student leader

Taiwanese protesters who have occupied parliament for three weeks in protest at a services trade agreement with China said they would leave on Thursday evening. The demonstrators -- mostly young students -- occupied the main chamber on March 18 in the island's first such protest. They will leave from 6:00 pm (1000 GMT) Thursday, student leader Chen Wei-ting announced in a televised press conference Monday. "We'll walk out of parliament at 6:00 pm Thursday. We also invite all friends to come and meet us outside parliament," Chen said.

China city acknowledges protesters hurt in rally against chemical plant

By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - Officials in a southern Chinese city acknowledged on Thursday that 15 people were hurt "accidentally" at a mass protest against a chemical plant, days after police made no mention of injuries in a case that has incensed many Chinese. But the deputy police chief of Maoming also denounced as "pure rubbish" news and online accounts of the upheaval last Sunday that said several people had died. Reports of the unrest had sparked demonstrations in nearby towns by sympathizers.

China detains eight in chemical plant protest

By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - Authorities in a southern Chinese city grappling with protests against plans to build a petrochemical plant have detained eight protesters, two of the demonstrators told Reuters on Wednesday. Since Sunday, hundreds of residents of the town of Maoming have held protests against the plant, for fear it will contribute to pollution. The protesters have complained that violence by law enforcement officers led to deaths and injuries.

China city hit by protest over chemical plant vows to talk to citizens

BEIJING (Reuters) - Authorities in a protest-stricken city in southern China have promised to communicate better with citizens battling plans for a chemical plant, after protesters complained that violence by law enforcement officials killed several and injured dozens. Images of Sunday's violence, which surfaced on Chinese social media, but were later deleted by censors, triggered an outcry. The government has said no one was killed in the demonstrations, but it has not said if anyone was hurt.

Anger in China at brutality in chemical plant protests

By Megha Rajagopalan and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Protests against a proposed chemical plant in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong spread to the provincial capital on Tuesday, even as authorities signalled they may back down on construction plans in attempt to head off more unrest.
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