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Maduro denounces 'hate campaign' aimed at Donald Trump CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday denounced a "hate campaign" aimed at Donald Trump, saying the US president-elect's administration would not be "worse" than Barack Obama's."Big international media have speculated a lot," he told reporters. "We are surprised by the hate campaign against Donald Trump -- brutal -- in the whole world, in the western world, in the United States."The socialist president said he will wait until Trump takes over the White House on Friday before making judgments on the incoming US president's foreign policy."I want to be cautious," he said. "He won't be worse than Obama, that's the only thing I would venture to say."Maduro said he foresaw "major changes in global geopolitics" and expressed his desire "to have relations of respect, communication and cooperation."Venezuela is plagued with soaring crime, runaway inflation and a sharply contracting economy, worsened by falling oil prices. The opposition blames Maduro's economic policies ...

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Venezuela president renews crisis controls, snubs foes CARACAS: Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro angered his opponents Sunday by refusing to face them for his annual presidential address, fanning tensions as he renewed his emergency powers in a volatile crisis.His decision to give the speech in the pro-Maduro Supreme Court instead of the legislature aggravated a political standoff in the oil-exporting country.Delivering it inside the court building, he confirmed the depth of Venezuela's economic troubles.Maduro said income from the country's crucial oil exports plunged ...

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Brazil jail riot likely killed more than 30: police BRASLIA: The latest prison riot in northern Brazil is thought to have killed more than 30 people, some of them beheaded, officials said Sunday, tripling an earlier estimated death toll."There are probably more than 30 dead" at the Alcacuz prison in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, police investigator Otacilio de Medeiros told reporters after leaving the jail.The bloodbath that erupted on Saturday night was the latest of several gruesome gang-related massacres this ...

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Chile city in state of emergency over wildfires SANTIAGO: Chile on Saturday declared a local state of emergency over wildfires plaguing the landmark tourist-draw city of Valparaiso.The hilly Pacific city, part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been put under military authority to coordinate firefighting and government asset deployment efforts.Located 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of the capital Santiago, Valparaiso is the seat of the Chilean Congress and spans 40 hills, offering stunning views of the sea.Thousands of tourists stroll ...

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Brazil's Odebrecht 'to give Panama $59m' it paid in bribes PANAMA CITY: The Brazilian construction company Odebrecht will pay the Panamanian government more than $59 million it handed out in alleged bribes to secure public contracts, Panama's attorney general said Thursday."I've received a formal commitment, delivered verbally, to soon hand over the first $59 million paid as bribes to Panamanian individuals and entities," Kenia Porcell told reporters.Odebrecht, she said, "has shown a desire to cooperate effectively" with Panama's probe into the bribe payments, documented by ...

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Colombia's Santos names ex-police chief Naranjo as VP choice BOGOTA: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos named former national police chief and peace negotiator General Oscar Naranjo as his pick to replace Vice President German Vargas Lleras, who is expected to stand down to pursue the presidency. Santos, whose second four-year term ends next year and who is barred from running again, said in an interview with Caracol Radio on Thursday that Naranjo would be named vice president once Vargas Lleras leaves office in March ...

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Venezuela president threatens opposition over 'coup' CARACAS: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro threatened Tuesday his opponents would face "consequences" for their latest efforts to oust him, reviving his claim that he was the victim of a "coup" attempt.Opposition majority lawmakers on Monday passed a motion declaring Maduro had effectively "abandoned his post" by failing to tackle the country's economic crisis."They will have to live with the consequences of their call for a coup d'etat yesterday in the National Assembly," he said in ...