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Venezuela’s opposition to meet with government

Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, executive secretary for the opposition Democratic Unity alliance, center, Lara's state Governor Henry Falcon, left, and opposition Congressman Omar Barbosa give a news conference after meeting with President Nicolas Maduro at the Foreign Ministry in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. AP

Key leaders of Venezuela’s opposition have agreed to sit down with President Nicolas Maduro’s government for talks aimed at defusing the nation’s political crisis, now entering its third month.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Venezuela issues ID cards to curtail food hoarding

In this Dec. 15, 2012 file photo, people buy government subsidized food at a state-run market, one day before state elections for governors and legislators, in Caracas, Venezuela. AP

Battling food shortages, the government is rolling out a new ID system that is either a grocery loyalty card with extra muscle or the most dramatic step yet toward rationing in Venezuela, depending on who is describing it.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vatican open to facilitator role for Venez crisis

A student waves a banner decorated with an image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez at a gathering between President Nicolas Maduro and students in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, March 22, 2014. Two more people were reported dead in Venezuela as a result of anti-government protests even as supporters and opponents of Maduro took to the streets on Saturday in new shows of force. AP

The Vatican says it’s willing to help facilitate talks between Venezuela’s government and its opponents aimed at ending weeks of deadly unrest that have paralyzed much of the country.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Venezuelan president accepts facilitator for talks

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a meeting with a South American delegation of foreign ministers at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. AP

President Nicolas Maduro has agreed to enter talks with Venezuela’s opposition with the help of an outside facilitator, a group of visiting South American foreign ministers said Thursday.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Mayor of Venezuelan city arrested amid protests

A woman prays with a bible in her hand, in front of Bolivarian National Guard officers during an anti-government protest in Plaza Altamira, Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Protesters blocked the streets only when traffic lights turned red under the watchful gaze of the National Guard. Security forces have taken control of the plaza that has been at the heart of anti-government protests that have shaken Venezuela for a month. AP

Agents of Venezuela’s domestic intelligence service on Wednesday arrested the opposition mayor of a western city that has been a crucible of anti-government resistance and which spawned the current wave of protests.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Venezuelan troops take control of protest plaza

Bolivarian National Guards patrol Plaza Altamira in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 17, 2014. Security forces on Monday took control of the plaza that has been at the heart of anti-government protests that have shaken Venezuela for a month. AP

Security forces on Monday took control of a Caracas plaza that has been at the heart of anti-government protests that have shaken Venezuela for a month.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

3 shot dead during unrest in central Venezuela

A student of Venezuela's Central University (UCV) shouts slogans against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. A month of student-led demonstrations in a number of Venezuelan cities has left at least 25 people dead, according to the government. Venezuelans fed up with inflation that reached 56 percent last year, long lines for buying some items at grocery stores and one of the highest homicide rates in the world have joined students in protesting against the government. AP

A university student, a National Guard captain and a third man were shot to death in separate incidents Wednesday as anti-government protests roiled the central Venezuelan city of Valencia. Three National Guardsmen and several protesters were wounded.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Students, university attacked in central Venezuela

A demonstrator throws back a teargas canister towards police lines, during clashes in an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 10, 2014. The Venezuelan government and opposition appear to have reached a stalemate, in which street protests continue almost daily while the opposition sits out a peace process it calls farcical. AP

At least three people were wounded Tuesday in the central Venezuela city of Barquisimeto when student protesters blocking streets were attacked by unknown gunmen, a university official in the city said.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

2 dead as Venezuelans clash at protest barricades

Bolivarian National Police officers take cover from exploding fireworks launched at them by anti-government demonstrators during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 6, 2014. A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed Thursday in a clash between residents of a Caracas neighborhood and armed men who tried to remove a barricade, Venezuelan officials said. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed Thursday as gangs of government supporters on motorcycles rode into east Caracas neighborhoods to remove street barricades placed by opposition protesters.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Venezuela expels Panama ambassador, three others

Demonstrators prepare to throw molotov bombs against Bolivarian National Police officers during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 6, 2014. A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed earlier today in a clash between residents of a Caracas neighborhood and armed men who tried to remove a barricade, Venezuelan officials said. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

The Venezuelan government declared Panama’s ambassador and three other diplomats “persona non grata” Thursday, saying they must leave the country within 48 hours, a Panamanian official said.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Throngs of Venezuelans march despite Carnival holiday

Demonstrators use a giant slingshot to launch stones at Bolivarian National Guards during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Since mid-February, anti-government activists have been protesting high inflation, shortages of food stuffs and medicine, and violent crime in a nation with the world's largest proven oil reserves. AP

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans skipped the traditional Carnival holiday that is a yearly highlight for many to instead march in nationwide protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Foreigners detained as Venezuela protesters, security clash

A masked demonstrator throws back a teargas canister to the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Anti-government protesters rallied and tried to block a highway to demand an end to the government crackdown on protests and the release of those jailed in recent weeks. AP

At least 41 people, including foreign reporters, were arrested in Caracas late Friday as security forces battled protesters angry at the policies of Venezuela’s leftist government.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Slain beauty queen mourned in Venezuela

In this undated photo, Genesis Carmona, model and Miss Tourism 2013 for the Venezuelan state of Carabobo, poses for a photo in Valencia, Venezuela. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, Carmona, a 22-year-old university student, was struck in the head and killed by a bullet during an opposition protest in Valencia, Venezuela where National Guard troops shot rubber bullets and unknown gunmen on motorcycles fired live rounds at protesters. AP

A university student beauty queen was mourned Friday in the provincial Venezuelan city where she was slain this week during a political protest, a victim of what government opponents say is indiscriminate violence used by President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters to stifle dissent across the country.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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