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Maduro calls for dissolving Venezuela assembly as talks stall CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday revived his call to dissolve the opposition-controlled assembly in the latest clash following the recent suspension of crisis talks.The socialist president accused members of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable coalition, known by its Spanish acronym MUD, which is seeking to remove him from office, of falling short in carrying out their duties. He then resumed threats to dissolve the legislature, which he has made repeatedly since his opponents took control of the assembly in January."Today, the National Assembly once again did not have a quorum," the embattled leader told a local broadcaster. "What do we do with the National Assembly? Immediate dismissal! Dissolution!"Maduro's words came two days after the center right-dominated opposition's decision to withdraw from a meeting with the Vatican and regional Latin American mediators.The now-stalled talks were aiming to calm tensions as the opposition demands a vote on removing Maduro.The opposition ...

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Buses grind to halt in Venezuela's spare parts crisis CARACAS: All William Faneite needed to keep driving his old bus in Caracas was a new carburetor. Surely, in a city of two million people, that couldn't be hard to find?But getting his hands on a spare took four months -- par for the course in an economic crisis that has seen one in two public buses in Venezuela grind to a halt.Filling a bus's tank with petrol in oil-rich Venezuela is super-cheap. But getting ...

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Brazil Senate defies order to suspend speaker   BRASÍLIA: Brazil's Senate on Tuesday rejected a judge's order to suspend its speaker who faces trial for alleged embezzlement in a scandal that threatens to destabilize President Michel Temer.The chamber's governing panel said it would keep speaker Renan Calheiros in his post until a full session of all 11 judges in the Supreme Court rules on whether he should be suspended."Removing the speaker of the Senate from his post nine days before the end of his term... through a monocratic decision... even ...

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Brazil to reveal pension reform on Monday         SAO PAULO: Brazilian President Michel Temer will reveal on Monday the details of a long-awaited pension reform that is needed to revert the soaring pace of the country's debt, said Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles.  Speaking to businessmen in Sao Paulo, Meirelles said the economy is taking longer than in the past to recover from what he said is the worst recession in the country's modern history.   Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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In Cuba, French minister defends Castro SANTIAGO DE CUBA: French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, representing her government at a tribute for Fidel Castro in Cuba, defended the late communist leader's human rights record on Saturday, questioning whether the regime imprisons dissidents.The former socialist presidential candidate called Castro a "monument of history" and a "symbol of a very deep friendship between Cuba and France."She spoke to reporters in Santiago de Cuba before a massive rally in the eastern city on late Saturday. Castro will be buried at the city ...

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Massive funeral set for Brazil football team killed in crash CHAPECÓ: The bodies of 50 players, coaches and staff from a Brazilian football team tragically wiped out in a plane crash in Colombia arrived home Saturday for a massive funeral.Fireworks lit up the sky over the stadium in Chapeco as two Brazilian Air Force planes transporting the team's coffins touched down at the southern city's airport in pouring rain.The coffins, draped in the green flag of the club, Chapecoense Real, were unloaded onto a red carpet under military escort as victims' ...

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South American economic bloc suspends Venezuela RIO DE JANEIRO: The key South American economic bloc Mercosur has suspended crisis-hit Venezuela for failing to meet democratic and trade standards, a government source in member country Brazil said Thursday.Member countries Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay have informed Venezuela that its rights as a member "are suspended," the source, who asked not to be named, told AFP.Mercosur members had already threatened to suspend Venezuela because it has failed to incorporate key Mercosur accords into its national law.The bloc's leaders said last week ...