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Venezuela gov't, opposition reach tentative deals in dialogue CARACAS: Venezuela's government and opposition on Saturday reached tentative deals in the areas of elections and foreign aid as part of a Vatican-backed dialogue process, though the agreements fell far short of initial opposition demands. Allies of President Nicolas Maduro will consider letting foreign donors provide food and medicine to the crisis-hit country and work toward naming new directors to the national elections authority, which the opposition says favors Maduro. "We agree to promote respectful political action," said ruling Socialist Party Director Jorge Rodriguez, reading from a conciliatory joint statement agreed to by both sides. "The common good is above our legitimate differences." The steady decay of the OPEC nation's economy and a growing political standoff over a referendum on Maduro's rule led both the Vatican and US diplomats to set up a dialogue in late October. The two sides will meet again on Dec. 6, contrary to the opposition's ...

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Venezuela govt, opposition vow to find peaceful way out of crisis CARACAS: Venezuela's embattled government and the opposition committed themselves Saturday to seeking a peaceful, democratic way out of a deepening crisis that has led to food shortages and sky-high inflation."We solemnly agree that our political differences can only be settled strictly within the framework of the constitution, and along a democratic, peaceful and electoral path," representatives of both sides in a Vatican-backed dialogue said in a statement.Opposition MUD coalition leader Jesus Torrealba has warned his ...

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Venezuela crisis talks resume amid Trump tension CARACAS: Venezuela's political rivals are to sit down at the negotiating table Friday to resume fraught talks on the country's volatile crisis.Socialist President Nicolas Maduro and his opponents declared a "truce" 10 days ago to ease tension in a country struck by food shortages.Their political struggle had provoked mass street protests and stern warnings from the government.With Pope Francis's blessing, they agreed to sit down to Vatican-mediated talks starting Friday.The outlook appears hostile."The truce that ...

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Brazil's president delays pushing for new Vale CEO until next year SAO PAULO: Brazilian President Michel Temer will not push to replace the head of the nation's largest mining company, Vale SA, until the current executive's mandate expires in May, a local newspaper reported. Temer has been seeking a replacement for Chief Executive Murilo Ferreira, who was the preferred choice of impeached former President Dilma Rousseff and is considered by Temer's camp to be too close to the previous administration. But the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo ...

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6.4-magnitude quake shakes central Chile: officials SANTIAGO: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake of "great intensity" struck central Chile on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage, officials said.The quake, which struck in the early afternoon, shook buildings in the capital Santiago and caused panic among residents, AFP correspondents said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Brazil dam burst like 'end of the world' PARACATU DE BAIXO: Jose Pascual thought the end of the world had come when red mud, pouring from a broken Brazilian mining dam, engulfed his village a year ago. In a way, he was right.Twelve months from the deadly accident at an iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state, the Samarco company and its giant owners BHP-Billiton and Vale say they are putting the pieces back together.Yet the way of life Pascual has known all ...

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Venezuela opposition bets on risky truce with Maduro CARACAS: Venezuela's opposition began a tense truce Wednesday with President Nicolas Maduro, but supporters accused it of betraying them and analysts warned the strategy risked backfiring.With Pope Francis's blessing, Maduro and top opposition leaders have agreed to sit down to Vatican-mediated talks starting November 11, seeking an exit from a nasty political crisis and economic melt-down.But not everyone is on board with the opposition's new strategy -- including 16 dissenting parties in its own coalition, ...