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Suspected Islamic State suicide bombers kill 36 at Istanbul airport

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ISTANBUL Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants. | Video

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Iran oil chief shakes up oil firm in bid to strike pre-election deals 27 Jun 2016

DUBAI/LONDON Oil minister Bijan Zanganeh has handed the running of Iran's national oil company to a trusted ally in a push to agree long-awaited deals with global oil majors, which could be derailed by next year's presidential polls.

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Venezuela dialogue could open way for international help - U.S. diplomat 24 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON Dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition could provide a platform from which they could request help from the international community, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon said on Friday.

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OAS chief blames Maduro government for Venezuela crisis 24 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON The head of the OAS regional bloc, Luis Almagro, on Thursday blamed President Nicolas Maduro's government for Venezuela's crisis, saying the South American oil-rich nation was now mired in poverty, corruption and violence.

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U.S. diplomat's talks in Venezuela 'good,' 'constructive' - State Department 23 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON The talks held by a top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela, which included meetings with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition figures and civil society activists, were good and constructive, a State Department spokesman said on Thursday.

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Venezuela opposition says has sufficient signatures for referendum 23 Jun 2016

CARACAS Venezuela's political opposition said on Wednesday it had collected the required number of valid signatures to begin a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, amid the country's economic crisis.

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Zika fears sent Latin American women seeking abortion alternatives - study 23 Jun 2016

CHICAGO Fearing the effects of the Zika virus on their unborn children, pregnant women in Latin America increasingly have sought out abortion pills online from a nonprofit aid agency, a new study has found.

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Colombia and FARC rebels reach historic ceasefire deal 22 Jun 2016

BOGOTA/HAVANA Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels said on Wednesday they had agreed to end hostilities with a definitive ceasefire that leaves the two sides just a step away from resolving the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere.

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U.S. envoy talks with Venezuela's president Maduro amid crisis 22 Jun 2016

CARACAS Veteran U.S. diplomat Tom Shannon met with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday to re-start talks between the ideologically-opposed governments amid a punishing economic crisis in the South American OPEC nation. | Video

U.S. hopes for 'group of friends' to help Venezuela 22 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON Washington has high hopes for an Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela on Thursday, which could lead to the formation of an alliance of interested nations to help resolve its crisis, a top State Department official said.

Venezuela 2012: more revolution?

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Insight: Chavista militants may be wild card after election

CARACAS - Sitting in front of a mural of Jesus and the Virgin Mary armed with AK-47s, three red-shirted children are clutching assault rifles and copies of Venezuela's constitution.  Full Article