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Venezuelans block streets with cars to protest gas shortage in Andes

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela Dozens of Venezuelans on Friday brought the Andean city of San Cristobal to a standstill by blocking roads with their cars to protest gas shortages that have piled further misery on the OPEC nation's crisis-weary citizens.

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Kenya's president signs finance bill with contested new taxes into law 12:07pm BST

NAIROBI Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a new finance bill into law on Friday, cutting in half a new fuel tax that had led to public anger and strikes but stopping short of demands to scrap or delay it.

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Venezuela jails 34 store managers on charges of price gouging 2:13am BST

CARACAS Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that 34 supermarket managers had been jailed on charges of hiding food and gouging prices, in the leftist government's latest crackdown on businesses as the country struggles under a severe economic downturn.

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Mexico's next anti-money laundering czar vows action after 'shameful' Odebrecht 19 Sep 2018

MEXICO CITY Mexico's incoming financial intelligence chief said it was "shameful" how little had been done about bribes that Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht executives said were paid to secure Mexican public works contracts, and vowed to reexamine the case once in office.

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Venezuela's Maduro says he may not attend U.N. assembly on security worries 19 Sep 2018

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he was evaluating whether or not he would attend this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, citing concerns about his safety.

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Venezuela's Maduro says ex-military officers conspiring with U.S. help 18 Sep 2018

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday said ex-military officers were conspiring against his government with the help of the United States, responding to a question about a report that U.S. officials met with military officers seeking his ouster.

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Classrooms near empty as school starts in crisis-stricken Venezuela 18 Sep 2018

CAUCAGUA, Venezuela Venezuela's school year began on Monday with few students arriving in classrooms amid a crippling economic crisis that has left many families unable to afford supplies or provide their children with enough food to focus on schoolwork.

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Venezuelans outraged by Maduro's steak feast at Salt Bae restaurant 18 Sep 2018

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dined on expensive steak at a "Salt Bae" restaurant in Istanbul during a stop-off returning from a visit to China, drawing furor back home where millions struggle to get enough to eat and red meat is a rare luxury.

Colombia protests incursion from Venezuelan soldiers 17 Sep 2018

BOGOTA Colombia said on Monday it had sent a letter of protest to Caracas after Venezuelan soldiers crossed into its territory last week and detained three Colombian citizens, the latest setback to relations between the two South American neighbours.

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Cuba's president says can't talk with Trump unless it's as equals 17 Sep 2018

HAVANA Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in his first interview since taking office in April his government could not talk with U.S. President Donald Trump as long as Trump's administration kept its "abnormal" attitude toward the Communist-run island.

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