Amid protests, Venezuela to remember late Hugo Chavez

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela geared up yesterday for commemorations of socialist leader Hugo Chavez’s death despite continued protests against his successor that have shaken the OPEC member and threatened the legacy of “El Comandante.”

Even as students maintained barricades in some cities and activists held new rallies, President Nicolas Maduro’s government was making lavish plans to honor Chavez on Wednesday’s anniversary of his death from cancer.

Maduro, who announced Chavez’s death in tears to a shell-shocked nation on March 5 last year, has made preserving Chavez’s controversial legacy the guiding force of his presidency despite opposition from about half of Venezuelans. The president was to preside over a military parade in Caracas on Wednesday, followed by a ceremony at the mausoleum housing Chavez’s remains on a hilltop shantytown.

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Clinton gets down to campaign business with U.S. Rust Belt trip

HARRISBURG, Pa.,  (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took her newly energized White House bid on the road on Friday for a tour of crucial “Rust Belt” states Pennsylvania and Ohio, but the campaign’s focus was clouded by a newly disclosed cyber attack.

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Oil rout erodes 2nd-qtr profits for U.S. majors Exxon, Chevron

HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – Chevron Corp posted its worst quarterly loss since 2001 on Friday and Exxon Mobil Corp reported a 59 percent slide in profit, as the long crude price rout and tumbling refining income inflicted pain across the energy sector.

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Turkey’s Erdogan slams West for failure to show solidarity over coup attempt

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan condemned Western countries yesterday for failing to show solidarity with Turkey over the recent failed coup, saying those who worried over the fate of coup supporters instead of Turkish democracy could not be friends of Ankara.

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Brazil’s Lula to stand trial for obstruction of justice – court

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the former chief executive of investment bank Grupo BTG Pactual SA will stand trial for obstruction of justice, documents from a federal court in Brasilia showed yesterday.

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Tanzania’s president threatens crackdown on opposition protesters

DAR ES SALAAM, (Reuters) – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli said yesterday he would crack down on troublemakers “without mercy”, a day after the opposition called for anti-government demonstrations on Sept.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton greets her daughter Chelsea Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Scott Audette)

In speech of her life, Clinton promises a ‘clear-eyed’ vision

PHILADELPHIA, (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said yesterday Americans faced challenges at home and abroad that demand steady leadership and a collective spirit, and attacked Republican Donald Trump for sowing fear and divisiveness.

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