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Venezuela's Maduro hold talks with opposition

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, has hosted opposition leaders at the start of mediated talks intended to end two months of political unrest that has killed dozens of people across the country.

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6.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Nicaragua

Nicaraguans ran into the streets in panic as a 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the Central American country, damaging dozens of houses and knocking out power to some areas.

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Bus crash in California claims lives

Dozens of injured people were taken to hospitals after Thursday's crash, about 150km north of Sacramento [AP]At least nine people have died and 32 have been injured after a tour bus carrying high-school students collided with a FedEx lorry in northern California, according to a California Highway Patrol (CHP) spokeswoman.

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California man confesses to 40 slayings

A suspected contract killer charged in California with killing nine people has confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, according to a prosecutor.

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US stabbing rampage leaves many injured

An American high school student has stabbed or slashed 20 people, mostly teenagers, in a bloody 30-minute rampage in the classrooms and hallways of a Pittsburg high school in the state of Pennsylvania, officials said.

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US aid chief defends 'Cuban Twitter'

The head of the US Agency for International Development has denied that a Twitter-like network it built in Cuba was designed to undermine the government - a statement contradicted by the release of draft messages poking fun at Cuban leaders.

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Fatal shooting at US army base

A US Marine posted at the main gate of a North Carolina base shot and killed a colleague inside a guard shack, a military spokesman says.

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Mexico carers gave children to religious sect

A Mexican shelter handed children in its temporary care to a religious sect, which then adopted them through a legally dubious process, Mexican authorities have said.

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US convicts woman of stiletto heel murder

A woman has been convicted of murder in the US for stabbing her boyfriend with the stiletto heel of her shoe, hitting him at least 25 times in the face.

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US says Iran's UN envoy choice 'not viable'

The United States said it had told Iran the selection of a UN ambassador who is allegedly linked to the 1979 American embassy hostage crisis was "not viable".

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