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Venezuelan students clash with police in new protest CARACAS: Three more people were killed in protest-hit Venezuela's north Wednesday, as police fired tear gas and water cannon to push back scores of rock-hurling students in the capital. About 3,000 students marched in Caracas to mark a month since the first deaths in weeks of anti-government demonstrations that have now killed at least 24 people. Similar opposition protests took place in the cities of San Cristobal, Merida and Valencia.The demonstrations have been fueled by public discontent over deteriorating living conditions in the oil-rich South American country, where violent crime, shortages and inflation have combined to create the most serious challenge yet for leftist President Nicolas Maduro.A student and a civilian were killed during protests in Venezuela's third city Valencia, while a member of the Bolivarian National Guard died in clashes in the nearby city of Naguanagua.The governor of Carabobo state, home to both cities, blamed anti-government "snipers" for the ...

Venezuelan students clash with police in new protest CARACAS: Police fired tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to push back scores of rock-hurling students in the capital Caracas, with protests also taking place in at least three other major Venezuelan cities.About 3,000 students marched in Caracas to mark a month since the first deaths in weeks of anti-government demonstrations that have now killed 22 people. There were similar opposition protests in the cities of San Cristobal, Merida and Valencia.The demonstrations have been fueled ...
Venezuela protest toll climbs to 21 with student death CARACAS: The death toll from five weeks of political unrest in Venezuela has climbed to 21 after a student was fatally shot in the city of San Cristobal, authorities said Tuesday.Daniel Tinoco, 24, was killed Monday night in the western city where nationwide protests against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro first ignited February 4.Tinoco died from a gunshot wound to the chest, opposition Mayor Daniel Ceballos told AFP.Ceballos said Tinoco had no vital ...
Brazil to build own aircraft carrier: Defense Minister BRASoLIA: Brazil is planning to build its first aircraft carrier to replace its aging only model as part of a steady upgrade to its armed forces, Defense Minister Celso Amorim said Tuesday.In recent years Brazil has purchased submarines, helicopters and supersonic aircraft via technology transfer agreements with the proviso that the hardware is made in Brazil."We are starting to think about a new aircraft carrier," Amorim told foreign correspondents in Brasilia, adding it was likely ...
Conservative in Salvadoran vote demands fresh polls SAN SALVADOR: The conservative candidate in El Salvador's tight presidential runoff, in which no winner has been declared, on Tuesday demanded a new vote be held.Preliminary results show Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a former rebel commander, edging out conservative Norman Quijano by 6,634 votes, 50.11 percent to 49.89.A final manual tally was under way with the electoral council expected to announce a winner Friday.The preliminary result was a surprise because the leftist Sanchez Ceren had been ...
Brazil targets violent Rio slum as World Cup looms RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio police will boost their presence in a violent slum controlled by drug gangs as authorities crack down on crime in the final countdown to the World Cup, an official source said Tuesday.The source said a specialist police battalion will be deployed in the notorious Vila Kennedy favela on Thursday as part of Brazil's campaign to "pacify" violent neighbourhoods.The battalion's deployment in Vila Kennedy, home to around 100,000 people, comes ahead of ...
El Salvador presidential vote a near tie SAN SALVADOR: El Salvador's presidential runoff was hung up Monday in a near tie between an ex-guerrilla leader and an arch conservative mayor as tension mounted over who would be proclaimed the winner.Preliminary results showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the former rebel commander, edging out conservative candidate Norman Quijano by 6,634 votes, 50.11 percent to 49.89.The tally was a big surprise as the leftist had been favored to win by as many as 10 percentage points.The ...

 



 
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