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Standoff worsens

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL – Venezuela’s socialist government and the opposition announced talks for the weekend on the Caribbean island of Margarita to deal with a political standoff that has intensified since the suspension of a referendum drive to remove President Nicolas Maduro.

Kardashian case

PARIS – Reality TV star Kim Kardashian dropped a defamation lawsuit against a website that claimed she staged an armed robbery in Paris after the two sides resolved the issue, her lawyer said.

Climate protest

LOS ANGELES – Hundreds of people including Hollywood stars gathered in Los Angeles to protest against climate change and show support for activists demonstrating against the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Scientist dies

ANTARCTIC – A US-based scientist Gordon Hamilton was killed in Antarctica when the snowmobile he was driving plunged into a crevasse, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) said

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