Venezuela opposition challenges govt dialogue plan

Riot police confront opponents to Nicolas Maduro's government in San Cristobal, state of Tachira, Venezuela on October 24, 2016Venezuela’s government proposed talks to ease the country’s political crisis after Pope Francis intervened, but an opposition leader branded it a ploy by President Nicolas Maduro to cling to power. Maduro had a private audience with the pope at the Vatican on Monday. The opposition MUD coalition later insisted it had not agreed to those terms, though it welcomed the Vatican’s efforts to help.

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