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Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths.

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs during six hours of nationally televised talks that ended at dawn Friday, a rocky first attempt to end deadly anti-government protests. Opposition leaders demanded amnesty for people arrested in two months of protests and the disarmament of radical pro-government civilian groups they accuse of terrorizing demonstrators. Maduro rejected their demands in the talks that began late Thursday, but the socialist leader invited his political rivals to another meeting on Tuesday.

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs during six hours of nationally televised talks that ended at dawn Friday, a rocky first attempt to end deadly anti-government protests. Opposition leaders demanded amnesty for people arrested in two months of protests and the disarmament of radical pro-government civilian groups they accuse of terrorizing demonstrators. Maduro rejected their demands, but the socialist leader invited his political rivals to another meeting on Tuesday.

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs during six hours of nationally televised talks that ended at dawn Friday, a rocky first attempt to end deadly anti-government protests. Opposition leaders demanded amnesty for people arrested in two months of protests and the disarmament of radical pro-government civilian groups they accuse of terrorizing demonstrators. Maduro rejected their demands, but the socialist leader invited his political rivals to another meeting on Tuesday.

Venezuela's Maduro meets opposition as death toll from protests hits 41

By Diego Ore and Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cautioned opposition leaders to keep their expectations modest on Thursday as he hosted them for mediated talks intended to stem two months of deadly political unrest. Maduro has held similar meetings previously but this was the first to include Henrique Capriles, who Maduro narrowly beat in last year's presidential election, and the first to be brokered by foreign ministers from the Unasur bloc of South American governments.

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition to talk, unrest death toll hits 40

By Andrew Cawthorne and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro was due to host Venezuelan opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation. Underlying the gravity of the crisis, authorities said on Thursday a policeman was shot dead in western Barquisimeto city while dispersing a demonstration. That took the official death toll to 40.

Maduro to meet Venezuela opposition in bid to end crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition coalition representatives agreed Tuesday to hold talks on ending two months of anti-government protests that have left 39 people dead in their oil-rich nation. The talks, tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, will be overseen by UNASUR, a regional South American grouping, and the Vatican.

Maduro agrees to negotiations in protest-hit Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro agreed to meet with a Venezuelan opposition delegation on Tuesday, after a fresh push from top diplomats from across South America. In just over two months, 39 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters angered by soaring crime, high inflation and shortages demonstrators blame on Maduro's elected, heavily state-led socialist government.

Venezuela accepts 'witness' to ease talks with opposition

Following weeks of violent protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday agreed to having an outside "witness" to ease stalled talks with his political opposition. The deal, brokered by a group of South American foreign ministers, is aimed at ending the impasse between Maduro's leftist government and his opponents, some of whom have been jailed for allegedly inciting violence.

Venezuelan military reaffirms support for Maduro

Caracas, Mar 26 (EFE).- Venezuela's military on Wednesday reaffirmed its support for President Nicolas Maduro following the arrest of three air force generals accused of plotting a coup amid ongoing anti-government protests. The men and women of the Venezuelan military are "protecting our people, guarding our homeland's sovereignty and supporting the constitutionally elected president and commander-in-chief," the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, or FANB, said in a statement.
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