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Venezuela pro-government political figure shot dead CARACAS: Robbers shot dead a prominent ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, prosecutors said on Wednesday.Ricardo Duran Trujillo, 45, was shot near his home on Tuesday night, the state prosecution service said in a statement.Duran was a former journalist and ex-head of media for the National Assembly legislature.He was a high-profile supporter of the socialist president, who is locked in a political standoff with opponents.Prosecutors citing witnesses said Duran "was intercepted by three men" in the west of the capital and resisted when they tried to rob him."The unidentified men shot him several times and he died on the spot," then the men drove off in their own vehicle without taking anything, said a prosecution statement."It is striking that they did not take anything," said Daniel Aponte, head of the Capital District government, a metropolitan authority for which Duran was working.Aponte told reporters Duran was carrying his own ...

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New Argentina president wants 'new era' in ties with Britain MADRID: Argentina's new president, Mauricio Macri, says he wants to start "a new era" in relations with Britain, long strained by the two nations' dispute over the Falkland Islands, according to remarks published Tuesay. "We will keep our claim over the islands which are Argentine, but I will try to start a new era in ties with Britain," he said in a joint interview with Spain's daily El Pais, Britain's The Guardian, France's Le Monde ...

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Colombian govt, FARC rebels ask UN to monitor peace HAVANA: Colombia's government and FARC rebels said Tuesday they have asked the United Nations to monitor the eventual end of their five-decade conflict and the disarmament of the Marxist guerrilla group.Raising hopes that they are close to a final peace deal, negotiators from both sides said they had asked the UN Security Council to send an unarmed observer mission to Colombia for 12 months to oversee the end of the conflict once an accord is ...

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Venezuela's Maduro seeks to share pain of economic 'emergency' CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's move to decree an "economic emergency" seeks to make the ascendant opposition share the political cost of the South American oil giant's economic mess, analysts say.The decree, which gives Maduro 60 days of extraordinary powers to combat a deep recession and triple-digit inflation, was issued Friday and now passes to the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which must approve it, reject it or demand changes within eight days.That presents a conundrum for ...

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Humanitarian aid treated as 'bargaining chips' in Syria: UN official UNITED NATIONS: With hundreds of thousands of Syrians suffering in the continuing civil war, the UN's deputy humanitarian chief told the Security Council Friday during a meeting that heard calls for immediate, unhindered access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to besieged and hard-to-reach areas of the country, as well as warnings that using starvation as a weapon amounted to a war crime. "Food, water and medicine are not bargaining chips or favours that the ...

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Venezuela's Maduro admits economic 'catastrophe' CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro admitted before a hostile legislature Friday that the oil-rich nation is mired in a "catastrophic" economic crisis, hours after decreeing a two-month state of emergency.Maduro's first state of the nation address before the newly opposition-held National Assembly, which is locked in a bitter power struggle with his administration, came as Venezuela's central bank released its first economic growth and inflation statistics in more than a year.The figures show the magnitude ...

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Venezuela president decrees economic emergency in showdown CARACAS: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro decreed a two-month state of "economic emergency" Friday, seizing the initiative ahead of a key showdown in his standoff with the opposition in the oil-rich nation.The move gives the socialist leader an edge for a few weeks in his maneuvers against the center-right opposition which has vowed to devise within months a way to oust him."A state of economic emergency is declared across the whole territory of the nation... for ...