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World news briefs — compiled on March 22


Protesters killed

Two more people were reported killed in Venezuela as a result of anti-government protests before supporters and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets in new shows of force Saturday. Argenis Hernandez was shot in the stomach by an angry motorist as he and other protesters manned a barricade Friday on a highway outside Valencia, Venezuela’s third-largest city. He died at a hospital before dawn Saturday, local officials told the Associated Press. In San Cristobal, bus driver Wilfredo Rey was fatally shot Friday night after a group of Maduro supporters roared into an anti-government neighborhood on motorcycles and began firing indiscriminately, said Sergio Vergara, who has headed the local government since Mayor Daniel Ceballos, an outspoken critic of the president, was arrested last week on charges of fomenting violence. With the two deaths, at least 30 people have been killed during five weeks of clashes. Hundreds more have been wounded.


2 arrested in clashes

Spanish police and protesters clashed during an anti-austerity demonstration that drew tens of thousands of people to central Madrid on Saturday. At least two people were arrested. As a final speech was being given, protesters attempted to break through a police barrier and make their way toward the headquarters of the governing conservative Popular Party. Riot police then charged the protesters, who hurled bottles and other objects, and beat them back with batons. One police vehicle and a bank were damaged by protesters.

West Bank

Three dead in raid

Israeli troops killed three Palestinians in an early morning raid that was followed by a clash with angry protesters in the West Bank town of Jenin on Saturday, the military and Palestinian security officials said, in the deadliest incident in months. The violence came amid a recent spike in clashes in the West Bank that could complicate the already troubled peace efforts as the sides near an April deadline set under U.S.-sponsored talks.

Compiled from wire reports.


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