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Deaths, arrests as looting erupts in Venezuela CARACAS: Venezuelan police have arrested hundreds of people as the country's food crisis erupted into deadly looting this week, heightening hardship and political uncertainty in the impoverished oil-producing nation.Dozens of bakeries, supermarkets and hardware shops were looted on Tuesday in the eastern city of Cumana, the latest flashpoint in a crisis that has killed at least four people so far."It ended in total ruin because the businesses had not only their stock pillaged but also their furniture. It was total destruction," said Ruben Saud, president of the Cumana Chamber of Commerce.The chaos started when gangs of looters on motorcycles raided trucks transporting food, witnesses said.The governor of Sucre state, where Cumana is located, told state television channel VTV that "more than 400 people" were arrested, including three suspected gang leaders involved in the looting.Arrests have also been reported in other towns.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Brazil's Temer calls graft allegation a 'lie' BRASÍLIA: Brazil's interim president Michel Temer said Thursday a former oil executive's allegations that he was involved in a massive corruption scandal shaking the country were "frivolous, lying and criminal."Temer took to national television to defend himself after Sergio Machado, the former chief executive of Transpetro -- a subsidiary of state oil company Petrobras -- told prosecutors the interim president personally asked him for money from an illegal kickbacks scheme."I want to address Sergio Machado's ...

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Brazil's Temer involved in Petrobras graft: witness BRASÍLIA: Brazil's interim president Michel Temer was involved in a massive corruption scandal shaking the country's political establishment and asked for dirty cash diverted from state oil company Petrobras, a key witness said.The explosive allegations were made by Sergio Machado, the former chief executive of Petrobras subsidiary Transpetro, in a plea deal with prosecutors that could take down yet more big-name politicians in the sweeping scandal.Machado said Temer personally asked him for money from an ...

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Brazil government proposing 20-yr spending cap, says senator BRASILIA: Brazilian Senator Eunicio Oliveira said on Wednesday that the government had proposed a constitutional cap on public spending growth for the next 20 years, with a possible change after 10 years, following a meeting with interim President Michel Temer. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Venezuela, US launch talks amid recall crisis CARACAS: The US and Venezuelan governments said Tuesday they would launch new high-level talks as the South American country struggles with a political and economic crisis.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in televised comments that the countries agreed to launch "a new stage of dialogue."US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters he would send a top State Department envoy to Caracas "as soon as possible."The announcement came after Kerry met with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy ...

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US backs referendum against Venezuela's President Maduro SANTO DOMINGO: US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Tuesday for a referendum that could force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office amid the OPEC nation's deepening economic and political crisis.Venezuela is suffering a protracted and brutal economic slowdown, long lines for food and medicines and soaring prices, leading to protests and opposition calls for a recall referendum to remove Maduro, a measure allowed under the constitution. In his opening speech to a meeting ...

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Kerry calls on Venezuela to free 'political prisoners,' alleviate shortages SANTO DOMINGO: US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government Tuesday to free "political prisoners" and address the severe food shortages racking the country.Addressing what he called the "deeply troubling situation in Venezuela" at Organization of American States' general assembly in the Dominican Republic, Kerry urged Maduro's government to "release all political prisoners, respect freedom of expression and alleviate the shortage of food."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...