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US and Venezuela to hold high-level talks

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US and Venezuela to hold high-level talks

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Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demonstrated in Caracas on Tuesday to defend their champion and reject calls for a referendum that could force the chosen heir of the late socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez from office.

The push for a popular vote has been backed by US Secretary of State John Kerry but despite this embattled
Maduro has agreed to high-levels talks with the United States to try to ease longstanding bilateral tensions.

Once one of Latin America’s most prosperous nations, Venezuela has plunged into unrest and a harsh economic slowdown. Long queues for food and medicines have led to protests and opposition calls for the recall referendum.

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