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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.

US cautions against Thai military coup

The United States Monday warned against moves to stage a military coup in Thailand and said it was "concerned that political tensions" are challenging the Southeast Asian nation's democracy. "We certainly do not want to see a coup or violence... in any case of course. We are speaking directly to all elements in Thai society to make clear the importance of using democratic and constitutional means to resolve political differences," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said after disrupted weekend elections. jkb/jm

C.Africa president who led coup says power 'too tiring'

The president of war-torn Central African Republic said on Thursday he no longer enjoys the power he seized in a bloody March coup as ruling the country has affected his sleep. In a public meeting with representatives from political parties, Michel Djotodia complained that the assembled group could sleep easy while he lay awake worrying about national security, sometimes even forgetting about his wife lying next to him. "If you don't sleep, would you cling on to the very thing that stopped you from sleeping?" he asked the group.

Egypt court adjourns Morsi trial to January 8

An Egyptian court on Monday adjourned to January 8 the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi over his alleged involvement in the death of protesters during his year in power. Morsi, in his first public appearance since the army deposed him in July, rejected the proceedings and told the court: "I am Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the president of the republic... This court is illegal," an AFP correspondent attending the trial reported. He slammed his overthrow by the army and called on military leaders to face trial.

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. quietly observes coup law on Egypt aid, but shuns term

By Arshad Mohammed and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite withholding most military aid to Egypt until it makes progress on democracy and human rights, the U.S. government is still tying itself in knots over whether to describe July's army overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi as a "coup."

Turkey PM blasts Egypt 'coup' as enemy of democracy

Turkey's prime minister on Friday condemned the military intervention that toppled Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi as an enemy of democracy, and chastised the West for failing to brand the ouster a coup. Referring to his country's history of coups, Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that such military uprisings come at a heavy price and must not be tolerated. "No matter where they are... coups are bad," Erdogan said in televised remarks. "Coups are clearly enemies of democracy.

Morsi aide slams Egyptian 'military coup'

A top aide to President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt, Essam al-Haddad, slammed what he called a "military coup" on Wednesday after an army ultimatum and a travel ban on the president and his Islamist allies. "For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let's call what is happening by its real name: Military coup," Haddad, Morsi's national security adviser, said in a statement on Facebook.

Egypt opposition says would not support 'military coup'

Egypt's main opposition coalition said Tuesday it would not support a "military coup" and trusted that an army statement giving political leaders 48 hours to resolve the current crisis did not mean it would assume a political role. "We do not support a military coup," the National Salvation Front (NSF) said in a statement.

Turkey to amend contentious army rules justifying coups

Turkey's Islamic-rooted government will submit a proposal to parliament on Thursday to amend an army rule seen as the legal basis for the military to justify coups. The move marks the latest step in the government's efforts to curb the influence of the once powerful army, which has staged four coups in half a century. "The draft will be submitted to parliament today," Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in televised remarks. Article 35 of the army's internal code stipulates that it is the duty of the armed forces to preserve and protect Turkey.

Three killed in foiled Chad coup

At least three people were killed in a foiled coup attempt in Chad, the foreign minister said Thursday, and several arrested over the plot in the chronically unstable former French colony. Several senior military figures were among those arrested following the alleged coup attempt, which a major ex-rebel group described as a fabrication engineered by the regime to purge the army.
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