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Venezuela to Name US Envoy as Protests Continue

  • Anti-government demonstrators clash with riot police at Altamira Square in Caracas, Feb. 24, 2014.
  • Anti-government demonstrators run from tear gas during clashes with riot police at Altamira Square in Caracas, Feb. 24, 2014.
  • People walk in front of a burning barricade blocking the highway in Chacao, Caracas, Feb. 24, 2014.
  • Motorcyclists waving a Venezuelan flag attend a rally in support of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Feb. 24, 2014.
  • Motorcyclists attend a rally in support of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Feb. 24, 2014.
  • Opposition supporters march protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas Feb. 22, 2014.
  • An opposition supporter walks past words painted on a blocked street, reading 'Maduro murderer', at Altamira Square in Caracas, Feb. 21, 2014.
  • Members of a pro-government "colectivo," or "collective," march in downtown Caracas, Feb. 20, 2014.
  • Opposition supporters walk past a burning barricade at Altamira square in Caracas, Feb. 20, 2014.
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Venezuela is expected to name a new ambassador to the United States Tuesday, a week after expelling three U.S. diplomats it accused of conspiring with student protesters.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was selecting an ambassador because he wanted to improve dialogue with the United States.

The move follows weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela that have left at least 13 people dead. The ongoing demonstrations are the biggest challenge to Maduro since he took power last April.

Venezuela and the U.S. have not had ambassadors in each other's countries since 2010.

Venezuela has accused the U.S. of meddling in its internal affairs, while the U.S. has expressed its own concerns about the leftist government of the late Hugo Chavez and his successor, Maduro, including its ties to countries such as Cuba, Iran and Russia.

The anti-Maduro protesters said the president's socialist-inspired policies have led to shortages of basic goods and inflation above 50 percent, despite the country's vast oil reserves.

Maduro, meanwhile, accuses opponents of trying to stage a U.S.-backed coup.

Some information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: dixiedog44 from: Pascagoula, Miss.
February 25, 2014 1:35 PM
What relation is he to Maduro? Does he speak English? Has he ever been to the U.S.? Has he ever lied about his maid on passport questionaires? How does he feel about campaign contributions to Congressmen and Oliar's friends? All these questions must be answered before consideration will be given to whether he can legally enter the U.S. If not, he'll have to swim like everyone else.

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