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Doctors stage protest in Venezuela

Several hundred doctors and medical students protested conditions in Venezuela's hospitals Monday, citing shortages of medicines and critical supplies in the troubled oil-rich country. As police held back the demonstrators in the city's Plaza Venezuela, other health workers marched without incident through the center to the presidential palace in a government-organized show of support for President Nicolas Maduro. The rival protests were the latest in an unresolved, nearly five-week-old crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 20 people.

Maduro rejects international mediation for Venezuela

Washington, Mar 7 (EFE).- Venezuela has no need of international mediators to resolve the tensions that have sparked weeks of protests blamed for 19 deaths, President Nicolas Maduro said in an interview broadcast Friday by CNN. "I think that (what) we need is cooperation. Cooperation. Venezuelans have a long history. So we are able to listen to each other, to talk to each other," the leftist head of state told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Maduro rejects international mediation for Venezuela

Washington, Mar 7 (EFE).- Venezuela has no need of international mediators to resolve the tensions that have sparked weeks of protests blamed for 19 deaths, President Nicolas Maduro said in an interview broadcast Friday by CNN. "I think that (what) we need is cooperation. Cooperation. Venezuelans have a long history. So we are able to listen to each other, to talk to each other," the leftist head of state told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Venezuela looks to S. American leaders as toll hits 20

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called Thursday for a meeting of South American leaders over the growing turmoil facing his country, where the death toll from a month of anti-government protests hit 20. Ahead of the meeting, due to take place next week in Chile, Maduro blamed the month-old unrest shaking his oil-rich country on a minority sector of the opposition. "It's a tiny group belonging to the opposition and they have put the rest of the opposition in a dire situation," Maduro told CNN in an interview.

Venezuela looks to S. American leaders as toll hits 20

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called a meeting of South American leaders over the growing turmoil facing his country, where the death toll from a month of anti-government protests hit 20. The under-pressure leader's move Thursday came a day after he broke off relations with Panama, following its call for the rival Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS) to convene on the crisis.

Maduro blames 'minority' for Venezuela violence

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the month-old unrest shaking his country on a "minority" that has left the opposition in a difficult situation. In an interview with CNN, Maduro also renewed his call for establishing a new level of relations with the United States after years of frosty relations. "My message (to the US) is: respect, dialogue, that we overcome the visions they have of our country," Maduro said. "Our message to those who rule the US is respect Venezuela, respect Latin America and let's establish new levels of relations."

Venezuela expels Panama ambassador, three others

The Venezuelan government ordered Panama's ambassador and three other diplomats at the mission to leave the country within 48 hours, a Panamanian official said Thursday, a day after Caracas broke ties with Panama City. "We received a note from the foreign ministry of Venezuela that was delivered to our embassy in which it declared four diplomats working in our embassy as 'persona non grata,'" Panama's Deputy Foreign Minister Mayra Arosemena told reporters. The diplomats are Ambassador Pedro Pereira, charge d'affaires Jaime Serrano and two other embassy officials.

Venezuela looks to S.American leaders as toll hits 20

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged a meeting of South American leaders over the growing turmoil facing his country, where the death toll from a month of anti-government protests hit 20. The under-pressure leader's move on Thursday came a day after he broke off relations with Panama, following its call for the rival Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS) to convene on the crisis.

Maduro wants South America to meet on Venezuela crisis

President Nicolas Maduro called Thursday for a meeting of South American leaders on the turmoil in Venezuela after more than a month of anti-government street protests. Maduro made the request to visiting Suriname President Desi Bouterse, the current head of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), a regional bloc that does not include the United States. The move came a day after the Venezuelan leader broke off relations with Panama following its call for a meeting of the rival Washington-based Organization of American States on the crisis.

Two dead in Venezuela opposition protest: official

CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan soldier and a motor cyclist were killed in a standoff with opposition demonstrators who had set up a barricade along an avenue of Caracas, the vice president of the ruling Socialist Party said on Thursday. Demonstrators demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro have for weeks been staging rallies and setting up barricades, leading to clashes with security forces and government supporters. At least 20 have been killed.
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