Venezuela crisis talks to resume on hostile note

Mass street protests erupted in Venezuela after authorities last month blocked the opposition's bid to hold a referendum on removing Socialist President Nicolas Maduro from officeVenezuela’s political rivals resumed fraught Vatican-backed talks, as they struggle to stabilize a volatile country stricken by food shortages. A short time before the meeting got underway, President Nicolas Maduro declared that he had done everything in his power to achieve a resolution with opposition leaders who for months had been seeking to remove him. Mass street protests erupted after authorities last month blocked the opposition’s bid to hold a referendum on removing Maduro from office.

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