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Security forces raid headquarters of opposition party as tensions build in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela - A crowd of anti-government activists wrested free an opposition politician as he was being hauled away in handcuffs by security forces following a raid on the party headquarters of President Nicolas Maduro's biggest foe.

Dozens of arrests in police raid on Thai protest site

Thai police arrested dozens of opposition protesters during an operation Tuesday to seize back besieged government buildings in the capital Bangkok, a senior official said. About 100 demonstrators were detained at an energy ministry complex on charges of violating a state of emergency, National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut told AFP. ask/dr/pj

Venezuela expels three U.S. diplomats, protests rumble

By Girish Gupta and Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela gave three U.S. diplomats 48 hours to leave the country on Monday, accusing them of conspiring against the government to incite protests that were the OPEC nation's most serious violence since President Nicolas Maduro's April election. Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said the three consular staff used visa visits to universities as cover for promoting student-lead protests.

Thailand to launch operation to reclaim protest sites

Thailand's embattled government will launch a security operation to reclaim several areas occupied by opposition protesters, a top official said Friday, as riot police gathered in the capital Bangkok. The authorities plan to re-take four sites including the government headquarters and the interior ministry, National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanatabut told AFP, saying officials would try to negotiate with the demonstrators first. "We will re-take wherever we can and arrest protest leaders," he said. bc/dr/st

Demonstrators 'paid' to attend Brazil protests

A cameraman's death poisoned the political climate Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, where a heavy police presence monitored fresh protests amid claims that radical left parties were paying violent demonstrators. Amid increasingly tense protests just four months before Brazil hosts the World Cup, Santiago Andrade was struck on the head by a flare thrown by a demonstrator in Rio a week ago, and died of his injuries Monday. A 23-year-old man suspected of throwing the flare was arrested in northern Brazil. He faces up to 35 years in prison.

Two shot at Venezuela opposition protest

At least two people were injured after unidentified assailants fired into a crowd of anti-government protesters in Caracas on Wednesday amid rival demonstrations over Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro's handling of a deepening economic crisis. The motorcycle-riding gunmen fled after firing the shots outside the attorney general's office, where opposition protesters had gathered. The OPEC-member has been battered by inflation running at more than 50 percent a year, a shortage of hard currency, and dwindling supplies of consumer goods.

Journalist injured in Brazil protest brain dead

A Brazilian journalist injured while reporting on violent clashes with protesters in Rio was declared brain dead on Monday, highlighting concerns about security just four months ahead of the World Cup. Television news cameraman Santiago Ilidio Andrade, 49, was left in a coma after being struck on the head by a flare during protests against bus fare increases last Thursday. Rio de Janeiro's public health office said on Monday that neurosurgeons at Souza Aguiar municipal hospital had declared the married father-of-one brain dead.

Over 150 hurt as Bosnia protesters clash with police

More than 150 people were wounded in Bosnia on Friday when protestors stormed government buildings and clashed with riot police as anger over the dire state of the economy boiled over. With unemployment at 44 percent and one in five people living below the poverty line, Bosnians have taken to the streets to protest the authorities' failure to address the economic situation.

Over 150 hurt as Bosnia protesters clash with police

More than 150 people were wounded in Bosnia on Friday when protestors stormed government buildings and clashed with riot police as anger over the dire state of the economy boiled over. With unemployment at 44 percent and one in five people living below the poverty line, Bosnians have taken to the streets to protest the authorities' failure to address the economic situation.

Rio protests leave 28 arrested, camaraman injured

Authorities in Brazil on Friday said 28 demonstrators were arrested during violent protests that left several people injured, including a news cameraman who was in a coma fighting for his life. More than 1,000 protesters angered over hikes in public transport fares overran a train, metro and bus depot in Rio de Janeiro late Thursday, in the latest flare-up of violence ahead of this year's World Cup games. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, who stormed into the station, refusing to pay their fares and shouting, "the station is free."
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