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Maduro Offers Opposition New Talks as He Seeks U.S. Ties

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for a “peace conference” tomorrow as street protests head toward their third week and the government nominated an ambassador to the U.S. following a four-year absence.

Maduro called on governors and mayors to join lawmakers, students, women, unionists, intellectuals, painters and clergy, among other groups, to sign an agreement condemning violence. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who skipped a meeting of regional governors with the president yesterday, is evaluating the invitation, his spokeswoman Ana Maria Fernandez said in a text message today.