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Venezuelan protesters hold Easter rally CARACAS: Hundreds of protesters rallied on Sunday to demand the "resurrection" of Venezuelan democracy while effigies of both President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders were paraded for burning in a local Easter Day tradition.Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations.After a barefoot rally and a "Via Crucis" march in the style of Jesus' tortured walk towards crucifixion, the students gathered on Sunday in a Caracas square for a demonstration denominated "Resurrection of Democracy." Easter marks the day Christians believe Jesus was resurrected from the dead after being crucified."We're staying in the street until we get our country back, until we get democracy back," student leader Djamil Jassir, 22, told Reuters in a square where protesters displayed dozens of used gas cannisters and bullets as symbols of ...

Buses, cars burned in Brazil protest against police RIO DE JANEIRO: Four buses, a truck and two cars were burned Saturday in Brazil when demonstrators took to the streets to protest the deaths of two young men during police actions.The 17 and 21 year olds died Friday and Saturday in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, local press reported.One was killed when his motorcycle hit an armored police vehicle, while the other was hit by crossfire in a gun battle between ...
Cuban Cepeda signs pro deal with Japanese team HAVANA: Leading outfielder Frederich Cepeda has become the first player from the Cuban baseball league to sign for a Japanese professional team since the communist government relaxed its player rules last year.The 34-year-old Cepeda, who has played in three World Classics, is set to travel to Tokyo next month after signing a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League, Cuban state Radio Rebelde said on Saturday."I'm looking forward to playing baseball, working ...
Brazil to probe Batista for alleged financial crimes RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian police said Wednesday they will investigate troubled tycoon Eike Batista for "possible financial crimes." Rio de Janeiro federal police said in a statement to AFP that they could not offer details on the probe "which will be carried out privately."Batista, 57, made a huge fortune in oil and gas exploration, but has lost much of it as his EBX Group companies' shares plunged in 2013 and 2014.Prosecutors want to look into ...
Fresh quake hits Nicaragua, shaking buildings in capital MANAGUA: A third earthquake in less than a week struck Nicaragua early on Monday morning, shaking buildings in the capital, Managua, though there were no immediate reports of damage. An official at Nicaragua's seismological authority said the quake magnitude was 5.6, but its shallow depth had imparted a greater impact. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck some 6 km (4 miles) northwest of Managua at a depth of 14 km. The USGS ...
UNESCO heritage site dubbed 'Jewel of the Pacific': Valparaiso PARIS: Valparaiso, the Chilean port city of 270,000 ravished by fire, is a UNESCO world heritage site once dubbed "the jewel of the Pacific" by visiting sailors navigating around South America.The port city is visited by thousands of tourists every year who marvel at the historic centre with its cobbled streets and coloured houses dating from the city's glory days from the mid-19th century to the early 20th.Valparaiso became famous as a stopover point for ...
Peru volcano spews white hot rocks, prompts evacuation LIMA: Residents have fled villages near Peru's Ubinas volcano, which this week began spitting out white hot chunks of rock, some as big as 30 centimeters (one foot) in diameter.Domingo Ramos, a scientist from Peru's mining institute, said the volcano reawakened several days ago.The renewed activity led the government to announce a state of emergency in the Andean region of Moquegua, some 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) south of Lima.The region is home to some 40 ...


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