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Venezuela's opposition-led Congress launches trial against Maduro CARACAS: Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly voted on Tuesday to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for violating democracy, but the socialist government dismissed the move as meaningless. The South American OPEC member's political standoff has worsened since last week's suspension of an opposition push to hold a referendum to try and recall Maduro, 53. With that avenue closed, the opposition coalition has raised the stakes, using its power base in congress to begin legal action against Hugo Chavez's unpopular successor. Unlike neighboring Brazil, where Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed from the presidency in August, a trial against Maduro is unlikely to gain traction given the government and Supreme Court have declared congress illegitimate. "Legally, the National Assembly does not exist," said vice-president Aristobulo Isturiz on Tuesday, referring to Supreme Court rulings that measures in congress are null and void until it removes three lawmakers linked to vote-buying ...

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Colombia's FARC say 'close' to new peace deal HAVANA: Colombia's communist FARC rebels said Monday they were "close" to agreeing on new terms to rescue a peace accord that was rejected by voters in a referendum.The force has resumed talks with the government to seek a new deal taking into account the demands of the "No" camp that rejected the accord in a referendum on October 2.The sides are aiming to end a 52-year civil conflict that has killed 260,000 people.FARC leader Timoleon ...

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Brazil plans to waive visas for visitors from US, Japan BRASILIA: Brazil's government is considering waiving visas for visitors from the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia to boost tourism, and could eventually extend the plan to include China, a tourism ministry spokesman said on Monday. The proposal by new Tourism Minister Marx Beltrao would extend for a 12-month trial period a visa-waiver program adopted for visitors from the four countries during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year.Brazil's President Michel Temer is ...

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Colombia, rebels in talks to try to save peace process HAVANA: Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels on Saturday started talks on how to retool a peace deal, rejected in a referendum last month, that would end Latin America's longest civil war."Meeting of delegates and advisers to Government and FARC in Havana. Starting constructive dialogue. Let's get peace done," the government side said on Twitter."It's an optimistic atmosphere. Let's get peace," the lead FARC negotiator Timoleon Jimenez (Timochenko) tweeted.The sides are "trying to find common ...

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Venezuelan women march to protest canceled referendum CARACAS: Thousands of women marched in Caracas Saturday against leftist President Nicolas Maduro's decision to block opposition-led efforts for a recall referendum."Brave Venezuela, you will be set free!" chanted the women, most of whom dressed in white.The escalating standoff between the unpopular government and the powerful but fractured opposition is destabilizing the oil-rich South American state, stricken by food shortages and violent crime."We're all in!" read a sign carried by protesting 65 year-old grandmother Maria ...

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Venezuela's Maduro calls in Iran for oil price cooperation TEHRAN: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called on Saturday for increased cooperation between oil-rich nations to stabilise prices as he met with the supreme leader and president of Iran."To stabilise the price of oil, new mechanisms should be taken and consultation among oil-producing countries, be they members or non-members of the OPEC, should increase," Maduro said, according to the website of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Venezuela's economic and political crisis has been compounded by the collapsing ...

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Setbacks for Venezuela opposition drive against president CARACAS: Venezuela's electoral commission suspended Thursday a signature-collection drive for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power, further crippling the opposition campaign.The commission said it was acting in compliance with courts which earlier in the day ruled against the opposition's efforts to rid the crisis-stricken oil power of Maduro.The moves were the latest blow for the center right-dominated opposition, whose goal of forcing a referendum this year through a series of preliminary petitions ...