Venezuela rivals agree to crisis talks

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demonstrate outside the National Assembly in Caracas on October 23, 2016Venezuela’s government and opposition agreed Monday to launch talks in the hope of settling the political crisis in a volatile country stricken by food shortages. The national dialogue aims to calm tensions after the opposition accused socialist President Nicolas Maduro of trampling on democracy by blocking their bid for a vote on removing him. With the opposition vowing mass street protests as analysts warned of an increased risk of violent unrest, the Vatican stepped in on Monday.

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