Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

Police operating a water cannon advance towards anti-government protesters during riots in Caracas

Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep…

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    MEXICO CITY - His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer …

  • FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2008 file photo, Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, left, embraces Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez during a round table discussion on Fuentes' work at the UNAM national university in Mexico City. Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, most popular Spanish-language writer since Cervantes, dies at 87 The Canadian Press - Thu, 17 Apr, 2014

    MEXICO CITY - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, … More »Gabriel Garcia Marquez, most popular Spanish-language writer since Cervantes, dies at 87

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    MEXICO CITY - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, violence and social inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes …

  • Anti-government protesters cover themselves with shields during riots in Caracas
    Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests Reuters - Thu, 17 Apr, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President … More »Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

    Anti-government protesters cover themselves with shields during riots in Caracas

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago 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 …

  • Anti-government protesters march barefooted during a protest in Caracas
    Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests Reuters - Thu, 17 Apr, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try … More »Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

    Anti-government protesters march barefooted during a protest in Caracas

    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 …

  • File photo of trucks leaving an AMPLATS processing plant near Rustenburg
    Anglo American seeks compensation from Venezuela Reuters - Sat, 12 Apr, 2014

    Anglo American is seeking compensation from Venezuela at a World Bank tribunal over the 2012 cancellation of mining concessions by late president Hugo Chavez's government. … More »Anglo American seeks compensation from Venezuela

    File photo of trucks leaving an AMPLATS processing plant near Rustenburg

    Anglo American is seeking compensation from Venezuela at a World Bank tribunal over the 2012 cancellation of mining concessions by late president Hugo Chavez's government. The World Bank's International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) said on its website the claim was introduced on Thursday, but gave …

  • "People will take to the streets, and they won't be going home."
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    "People will take to the streets, and they won't be going home."

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    Brazil probe of Petrobras U.S. refinery misses bigger problem Reuters - Fri, 11 Apr, 2014

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    Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during the first meeting of the newly-formed CIASN, an interministerial committee for simplifying tax collection, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia

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  • The prices of gasoline, ethanol and diesel fuel are shown at a gas station at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil probes Texas refinery, has bigger problems at home Reuters - Fri, 11 Apr, 2014

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    The prices of gasoline, ethanol and diesel fuel are shown at a gas station at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro

    By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The purchase of a Texas oil refinery by Brazil's state-run oil company has become a campaign issue as opponents of President Dilma Rousseff use it to attack her reputation as a no-nonsense manager and weaken her lead ahead of the October election. Rousseff's congressional opposition …

  • Venezuela's President Maduro speaks during a meeting with representatives of the opposition, the Roman Catholic Church and UNASUR in Caracas
    Venezuela's Maduro meets opposition as death toll from protests rises Reuters - Fri, 11 Apr, 2014

    By Diego Ore and Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cautioned opposition leaders to keep their expectations modest on Thursday as … More »Venezuela's Maduro meets opposition as death toll from protests rises

    Venezuela's President Maduro speaks during a meeting with representatives of the opposition, the Roman Catholic Church and UNASUR in Caracas

    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 …

  • An anti-government protester puts candles in front of mock tombstones with photographs of victims of violence, during protest against Maduro's government in Caracas
    Venezuela's Maduro, opposition to talk, unrest death toll hits 40 Reuters - Thu, 10 Apr, 2014

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    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. Some hardline opposition groups, including the party of …

  • Can Venezuela's televised peace talks end the street protests? Christian Science Monitor - Thu, 10 Apr, 2014

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  • Newly elected cardinal and Vatican State Secretary Pietro Parolin of Italy arrives to receive guests in the Apostolic palace at the Vatican

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade. In a letter, President Nicolas Maduro's government …

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters after his meeting with representatives of the Venezuelan coalition of opposition parties Mesa de la Unidad and UNASUR foreign ministers in Caracas

    By Diego Ore and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro's government and Venezuela's main opposition group agreed on Tuesday to begin talks intended to halt the nation's worst political unrest in a decade. Representatives of the Vatican and South American regional bloc Unasur will mediate, both …

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro pauses during a meeting on social movements at Miraflores Palace in Caracas

    By Eyanir Chinea and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition said it agreed to attend exploratory talks on Tuesday with President Nicolas Maduro's government in a bid to end the country's worst political unrest for a decade. Clashes between security forces and pro-government militants on one side and hooded …

  • Venezuelas opposition leader Maria Corina Machado runs away from tear gas after she tries to take her seat at national assembly in Caracas

    Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church accused President Nicolas Maduro's government on Wednesday of "totalitarian" tendencies and "brutal repression" of demonstrators during two months of political unrest that has killed several dozen people. The surprisingly strong attack is likely to revive church-state tensions that were …

  • Venezuela's Maduro tries to assert his control, but unrest simmers Christian Science Monitor - Wed, 2 Apr, 2014

    In the past week, Venezuela has implemented a new currency exchange, recognized billions of dollars owed to foreign airlines, seized an opposition stronghold, and ousted an opposition congresswoman. All the actions combine to fuel a narrative that the government of President Nicolás Maduro is gaining control of violent …

  • A view of the lobby from the top of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Jorge Silva CARACAS (Reuters) - It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet this 45-storey skyscraper in the center of Venezuela's capital Caracas is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block: it is a slum, probably …

  • Maduro speaks to UNASUR's foreign ministers at Miraflores palace in Caracas

    By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil, Latin America's biggest economy and diplomatic power, has toned down its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro because of disappointment over how he is handling mounting economic problems and opposition-led street protests. Broadly speaking, Brazilian President Dilma …

  • Could unrest in Venezuela lead to a greener Caribbean? Christian Science Monitor - Thu, 27 Mar, 2014

    When it began in 2005, Venezuela’s Petrocaribe energy pact with its Caribbean neighbors was in part intended to help the islands wean themselves from fossil fuels. Nearly a decade later, the Caribbean is starting to accomplish that goal – in spite of the alliance. Seventeen countries receive cheap Venezuelan oil shipments …

  • Maduro speaks to UNASUR's foreign ministers at Miraflores palace in Caracas

    By Anthony Esposito SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Some major airlines are considering ceasing operations in Venezuela because of currency controls that have left the airlines unable to repatriate $3.8 billion in revenues, the head of the industry's main organization said on Wednesday. Members of the International Air Transport …

  • Maduro speaks to UNASUR's foreign ministers at Miraflores palace in Caracas

    By Anthony Esposito SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The group that represents the international airline industry said on Wednesday that top Venezuelan government officials have not responded to its requests for talks on $3.8 billion in unpaid debt resulting from the country's currency controls. Venezuela requires airlines to bill …

  • A month and a half after antigovernment protests broke out across Venezuela, the conflict is still seething. The head of Venezuela's congress said this week that opposition leader and congresswoman Maria Corina Machado had been stripped of her seat and parliamentary immunity and could now be tried for supporting the protests. Roadblocks …

 
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