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Italy quake death toll hits 267, state funeral planned

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PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy Hopes of finding more survivors faded on Friday three days after a powerful earthquake hit central Italy, with the death toll rising to 267 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. | Video

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Venezuela interior minister lashes out at U.S. over cocaine charges 22 Aug 2016

CARACAS Venezuela's interior minister and former boss of the country's anti-narcotics agency, General Nestor Reverol, hit back on Monday at accusations by a U.S. federal court that he abetted cocaine trafficking.

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Iran says will open new chapter in relations with Cuba 22 Aug 2016

HAVANA Kicking off a six-day tour of Latin America, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday in Havana his visit would open a new chapter in the Islamic Republic's relations with Communist-ruled Cuba.

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Chavez casts divisive shadow over Venezuelan sport at Games 21 Aug 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO When Venezuelan fencer and former sports minister Alejandra Benitez was eliminated in her second-round bout at the Rio Games, she wore a uniform emblazoned with the eyes of the country's divisive late leader, Hugo Chavez.

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Nicaragua election campaign begins with Ortega as clear favourite 20 Aug 2016

MANAGUA Nicaragua's election campaign kicked off on Saturday, with President Daniel Ortega the clear favourite to sweep aside a weakened opposition and win a third consecutive term in a Nov. 6 vote.

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Haiti Senate report claims graft in use of Venezuela funds 20 Aug 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE A Haitian Senate report has called for charges to be brought against two former prime ministers and several ministers for alleged embezzlement, abuse of authority and forgery stemming from the use of funds in a Venezuelan oil loan programme.

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Maduro says any Venezuela coup bid would meet tougher reaction than Turkey's 19 Aug 2016

CARACAS Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said the purge by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meted out on rivals after a failed coup would look like child's play compared with the action he would take if opposition tried something similar in the OPEC nation.

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Bolivia opens 'anti-imperialist' military school 18 Aug 2016

LA PAZ Bolivian President Evo Morales opened a military school on Wednesday which he said would teach an "anti-imperialist" doctrine to counter U.S. policies "based on fear." | Video

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Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets 18 Aug 2016

CARACAS Venezuelan police crushed and chopped up nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols in a Caracas city square on Wednesday, as the new interior minister relaunched a long-stalled gun control campaign in one of the world's most crime-ridden countries.

Brazil summons Uruguay ambassador as Mercosur tensions rise 16 Aug 2016

BRASILIA Brazil's Foreign Ministry summoned Uruguay's ambassador on Tuesday to explain comments reportedly made by Uruguay Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, who accused Brazil of trying to block Venezuela from taking the presidency of the Mercosur trade bloc.

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