Two people killed during anti-government protests in Venezuela

The Latest: Venezuela envoy rejects OAS condemnation

The opposition counters that Maduro, deeply unpopular as Venezuelans grapple with triple-digit inflation and shortages of food and basic consumer goods, is seeking to stay in power indefinitely by barring opposition leaders from office and quashing independent state institutions.

Venezuela's public prosecutor, Luisa Ortega, a member of the ruling Socialist party, urged security forces to guarantee the ability to dissent. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of auto.

The European Union today called for calm in Venezuela after "highly regrettable" deaths during protests against the government of the oil-rich country.

Government officials dismissed the protests, characterised by street barricades and clashes with security forces, as violent and lawless efforts to overthrow Mr.

"All I have is hunger-I don't care if the people protest or not", said laborer Alfonzo Molero in a slum in Venezuela's second-largest city, Maracaibo. GM has about 2,700 workers in the country, where it's been the market leader for over 35 years. The Detroit-based vehicle manufacturer called the takeover an "illegal judicial seizure of its assets", the Associated Press reported.

State Department Mark Toner says US officials are reviewing the details of an nearly 20-year-old lawsuit that led the Venezuelan government to seize a General Motors factory in the South American country.

He had said the same in 2015 amid a bilateral crisis over Venezuela's shock decision to suddenly deport thousands of Colombian citizens, creating a major humanitarian crisis at the border.

It's not the first time the Venezuelan government has seized a foreign corporation's facilities.

"Fears of bloodshed had been stoked after President Nicolas Maduro put troops on the streets, supplied guns to sympathetic civil militias and called for a simultaneous rally of his supporters against what he said was a United States-backed coup", says The Guardian.

More news: In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia

"This is a test case for Trump", said Raul Gallegos, the author of a book on Venezuela and a Bogota-based analyst at Control Risks consultancy. They are also calling him a dictator.

The president also signed orders on TV late Tuesday activating the "green phase" of enigmatic military plans to defend Venezuela against what he describes as US -backed attempts to sow chaos and overthrow him.

Venezuela's opposition renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, and vowed to keep up pressure by staging three more protests in the next four days. At least two dead during mass protests.

It calls on Venezuelan authorities to respect rights and "retake the path of democratic institutionality", release political prisoners and set dates for elections, among other things.

At around midday on Thursday, a few thousand people protested in Caracas, although opposition lawmakers accused security forces of using excessive tear gas and force to block the marches.

Across the country, the clashes have been intense.

Citing witnesses in Caracas, Reuters reports that Carlos Moreno, a teenage student who had not planned to join the demonstration, was shot in the head after "government supporters approached an opposition gathering and fired shots". However, government officials cast doubt on the account saying the other victim, a 23-year-old woman, was killed by a member of an anti-government movement led by former congresswoman Maria Corina Machado, a claim Machado denied. "That's how this criminal dictatorship works". Another officer was wounded in the clashes.

The ongoing unrest sparked three weeks ago when the country's Supreme Court announced it would strip the opposition-controlled congress of its last remaining powers.

Related News:

  • Indiana Pacers first round preview

    No matter who you are, Dahntay is going to make it clear that you're not holding up your end of the bargain. James leads in three major statistical categories: points (26.4), assists (8.7) and steals (1.2).
    Westbrook puts up 51 points but Thunder can't beat Rockets

    Westbrook puts up 51 points but Thunder can't beat Rockets

    The Houston Rockets are averaging 116.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Harden had seven of his team-high 35 points in the fourth, and Eric Gordon had 11 of his 22 in the final quarter .
    Sarin gas was used in Khan Sheikhoun attack, OPCW says

    Sarin gas was used in Khan Sheikhoun attack, OPCW says

    Lieberman also refused to go into detail but said "We have 100 percent information that Assad regime used chemical weapons against rebels".
  • Patriots - minus Brady - to visit Trump hours after Hernandez' death

    Others include the owners of the Houston Texans, the Washington Redskins, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Los Angeles Rams. New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft awarded President Donald Trump with a helmet and jersey bearing the president's name.

    Paris terror attack suspect 'was known to authorities'

    United States president Donald Trump said the shooting "looks like another terrorist attack " and sent condolences to France. Government officials said that Cheurfi had been on a watch-list of potential attackers.

    Draymond Green Screaming At Kevin Durant Gets Turned Into Memes

    Selfless as he is, he also knows what he means to this team and why it's going to be important for him to be the "next man up". The Thunder have shown bounce-back ability all season, going 13-8 in games immediately following a double-digit loss.
  • Trump tax reform plan coming

    Trump tax reform plan coming "very soon"

    Asked when the details of the plan would be released, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, "Soon, very soon". The Senate has been awaiting action by the House before considering tax legislation.
    Florida senator who used racial slur resigns

    Florida senator who used racial slur resigns

    The investigation into Artiles has been dropped by request of Thurston who says he's also satisfied with the outcome. Artiles used obscenities with Sen. "No further action by the Senate will be taken in regard to this matter".
    No tears over spilled milk as Canada fires back at Trump

    No tears over spilled milk as Canada fires back at Trump

    Walker and Wisconsin's congressional delegation, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, to find a solution to the trade dispute. Indeed, Canada's softwood industry makes no secret of its own search for opportunities in China.
  • What happened today in France's presidential race

    What happened today in France's presidential race

    For months polls have shown Le Pen on track to reach the second-round of France's 2017 presidential election. The two top candidates from that election will vie for the presidency in a final election on May 7.

    US Defense Secretary Arrives in Cairo for Sisi Meeting

    But Trump's warm and public embrace of the Egyptian president during his recent visit to the White House appeared to sway Cairo to free Hijazi.

    Soccer bus bombing suspect had unusual motive, prosecutors say

    Earlier, a 26-year-old Iraqi national, identified as Abdul Beset A., was detained in alleged connection with the Dortmund attack. The accused man was staying in the same hotel as the Borussia Dortmund team, the German federal prosecutor's office said.


Most liked

France's Fillon cancels Friday election campaign event after Paris shooting
That's a strong warning, given that almost one-fourth of the French electorate still hasn't decided who to vote for on Sunday. With polls finely balanced, the politicians then went silent, leaving voters with their final words.

Prince William warns 'stiff upper lip' can damage mental health
Gaga, who has struggled with PTSD, has her own non-profit organization Born This Way Foundation, which helps youth combat bullying.

Bill O'Reilly Ousted From Fox News With $25 Million in Severance
Ailes was out in July, O'Reilly was removed Wednesday, and "The O'Reilly Factor " was just " The Factor " on Wednesday. So far, the political commentator, who has denied wrongdoing, hasn't publicly canceled his Anaheim appearance.

Thankfully, Carrie Fisher Won't Appear in Star Wars: Episode IX After
Lucasfilm released the teaser trailer for the overall ninth movie of the Skywalker saga on Friday. Now we know that her journey will end with The Last Jedi.

Gunman shoots police officers in Paris; ISIS takes credit
Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has shown solidarity with the policeman, who was killed in the shooting. French police are said to have launched a raid on the home of the attacker who it is said had links to "extremism".

Expectations Already Being Lowered On Latest O'Care Repeal 'Deal'
A White House source said they could potentially have a vote by the end of next week, though they put the chances at 50-50. House Republicans have sued to eliminate the program, which will bring the insurance industry about $7 billion this year.

Anti-Maduro protesters take to the streets again
According to GM, other assets like vehicles were also taken away from the facility, resulting in irreversible damage to the firm. Protesters accuse Maduro of eroding democracy and mismanaging the country's increasingly cash-strapped economy.

Tillerson: Iran deal failed in key denuclearization objective
In his tweet, Zarif also addressed Tillerson's terrorism charge: "Worn-out USA accusations can't mask its admission of Iran's compliance w/ JCPOA".

Sanders urges party to go beyond comfort zone
He added a Miami flavor with attacks on Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and told the crowd about his visit to Little Haiti. Sanders won Maine's presidential caucuses by almost two-thirds when he ran in the 2016 primaries against Hillary Clinton.

Paris Shooting to Impact French Presidential Election
The Thursday evening attack took place in the city's Champs-Elysees district, which is hugely popular with tourists and shoppers. Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon had earlier told Belgian public broadcaster VRT that the assailant was a French national.

Paris attack 'will have a big effect on presidential election'
He was taken into custody but while being questioned grabbed another officer's gun and shot him three times, the source added. ET) when a vehicle stopped in front of a police van, according to French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet.

Saturn, Jupiter Moons May Be Able To Support Life — NASA New Discoveries
The US space agency has also released a video explaining that Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has all the basic ingredients for life. Previous thermal images from the Galileo Europa Mission showed a hot spot that was originally identified as a thermal anomaly.

China "gravely concerned" over North Korea nuclear activities
Colbert asked. "I mean, they were authentic and drew people of all ages, so we know it wasn't Pepsi". In return, he said , the USA will accept trade deficits with China.

In South Africa, 18 students killed in bus crash
In a statement, emergency medical service ER24 described arriving at the scene, where firefighters were tackling the flames. It was announced on Friday that road deaths over the long Easter weekend had jumped 50% compared to a year ago .

26 hostages, including Qatari royals, free
The group of falcon hunters were taken hostage by 100 Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen in December 2016, Reuters reported at the time. A person involved in the negotiations told the AP that 11 of the captives were members of the Al Thani family.