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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.

Tear gas fired in fresh Venezuela protests

Police fired tear gas and made several arrests as 20,000 people marched Saturday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas against what they say is President Nicolas Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. At least 31 people have been killed in more than six weeks of student-led protests against the government, representing the biggest challenge yet to Maduro, the elected socialist heir to longtime late president Hugo Chavez.

Tear gas fired in fresh Venezuela protests

Police fired tear gas and made several arrests as 20,000 people marched Saturday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas against what they say is President Nicolas Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. Three protesters were killed by pro-government militia in separate attacks in the states of Tachira, Merida and Carabobo, according to unconfirmed local media reports citing witnesses.

Venezuela death toll rises to 34 as troops and protesters clash

By Diego Ore and Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) - Three Venezuelans died from gunshot wounds during protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses and local media said on Saturday, pushing the death toll from almost two months of anti-government demonstrations to 34. Troops briefly clashed with a small group of protesters who attempted to block a highway in an upscale neighborhood of Caracas after thousands of opposition sympathizers marched to demand the release of students imprisoned during the unrest.

Tear gas fired in fresh Venezuela protests

Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas and made several arrests as 20,000 people marched on Saturday in the capital Caracas against what they see as President Nicolas Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. At least 31 people have been killed in more than six weeks of student-led protests against the government, representing the biggest challenge yet to Maduro, the elected socialist heir to longtime late president Hugo Chavez.

Thousands hit streets in fresh Venezuela protest

Thousands of demonstrators marched on Saturday in the Venezuelan capital Caracas against what they see as President Nicolas Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. At least 31 people have been killed in more than six weeks of student-led protests against the government, representing the biggest challenge yet to Maduro, the elected socialist heir to longtime late president Hugo Chavez. "In the name of freedom, put an end to dictatorship now," read one of the many banners held aloft at the latest rally.

Students and faculty man barricades in Venezuela university city

By Esteban Israel MERIDA, Venezuela (Reuters) - An engineering student armed with a slingshot commands a barricade. A biologist with a PhD organizes residents of a rebellious barrio. A retired economist prays for the hooded youths who guard her building. This is Merida, the small university city in western Venezuela where students and faculty have spent more than a month protesting against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
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