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Venezuela opposition calls talks on ousting president CARACAS: Venezuela's opposition said it will launch discussions Sunday aiming to devise a legal procedure within weeks to oust President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for the oil-rich country's economic crisis."Tomorrow there will be a special day of debate among political leaders on this subject," Jesus Torrealba, executive secretary of the opposition coalition MUD, told AFP on Saturday."In a few days, we will announce our agenda for change."Prominent opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara said on Twitter: "Tomorrow we will begin a discussion on the constitutional procedure for achieving a change of government."He added: "Before the end of February we will be announcing this procedure."The center-right opposition's most prominent figure, congressional chairman Henry Ramos Allup, on Friday vowed to speed up efforts to oust Maduro.That call came after Maduro defied lawmakers by securing emergency powers to intervene in the economy.Maduro responded by telling supporters "not to underestimate the threats Henry Ramos made ...

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Venezuela high court sides with Maduro on economic decree CARACAS: Venezuela's Supreme Court on Thursday declared that President Nicolas Maduro's request for special powers to tackle the country's deep economic crisis was legal, dismissing the opposition-controlled legislature's vote against it.The court said in a ruling published on its website that the decree had entered into force, granting the socialist president expanded authority over the moribund economy for 60 days, as lawmakers had not followed the proper procedures to reject it.Last month's rejection of the ...

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Three dead in Venezuela after contracting Zika: Maduro CARACAS: Three people have died in Venezuela from complications linked to Zika, President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday -- the first fatalities reported in the country in connection with the mosquito-borne virus.Speaking on national television, Maduro said there were 319 confirmed cases of the virus in the South American country, adding: "Unfortunately we have had three deaths from Zika nationwide."Maduro said 68 patients with complications "have been in intensive care," adding that the country had the ...

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First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia BOGOTA: The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects.In the first direct statements from government health officials blaming Zika for causing deaths, Colombia's National Health Institute (INS) said Friday that the patients died after contracting the virus and developing a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome.Cases of the syndrome -- in which the ...

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South America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads MONTEVIDEO: South American health ministers held an emergency meeting Wednesday on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a "nightmare" by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.With health authorities warning the disease could infect up to four million people in the Americas, ministers from 14 countries held talks in Uruguay to plot their response to the growing crisis, with fears the virus could spread worldwide.The meeting focused on ways ...

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Brazil's Rousseff vows all-out war on Zika virus mosquito BRASILIA: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said her government will not spare resources in mobilizing her country to combat the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus now spreading rapidly through the Americas."There will be no lack of funding," Rousseff said in an address to a joint session of Brazil's Congress at the start of its legislative year.Rousseff also said Brazil and the United States will enter a partnership to develop a vaccine against Zika as soon ...

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Argentina starts talks with hedge fund holdouts NEW YORK: Argentina's new government began negotiations with hedge fund creditors Monday, amid reports it wants them to write off up to a quarter of their bonds to settle a long-running dispute.Finance Secretary Luis Caputo arrived Monday morning at the New York offices of the US court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack in a fresh effort to end a debt battle rooted in the country's $100 billion default in 2001.Major Argentine newspaper Clarin said the government, which ...