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Chilean national killed in Venezuela protests

Anti-government protesters cover from teargas during a protest at Altamira square in Caracas. Credit: Reuters/Tomas Bravo

A Chilean woman has been shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela.

The death of Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, brought to at least 21 the number of fatalities in five weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government.

"She was ambushed by extreme right-wing groups ... She was vilely murdered with a shot in the eye," Alexis Ramirez, the governor of Merida state, told reporters, blaming the killing on unidentified demonstrators in the Andean city.

Venezuela: Protesters clash with police in Caracas

Anti-government protesters run away from tear gas during a protest in Caracas. Credit: Reuters/Tomas Bravo

Small groups of anti-government protests continued to clash with police on Saturday in Caracas as isolated incidents of violence continued to erupt throughout the day.

Venezuelan opposition sympathizers have been holding rowdy street protests for nearly a month to demand the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro. They accuse his government of using excessive force against demonstrators.

Maduro says the demonstrations are part of a Washington-backed plot to overthrow his government.

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Ukraine's protesters show support for Venezuela

Ukraine and Venezuela have both experienced deadly clashes in the past few days.

In Kiev, situation moved rapidly with the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovich and a new leadership in place.

In Caracas, the barricades are still burning.

And although the two countries have little in common, opposition protesters from Ukraine are now showing support for their Venezuelan counterparts.

Barricades burn in Venezuela as protests spread

Venezuelan protesters continue barricading roads and burning trash in the country's capital Caracas, despite opposition leaders voicing despair at the violence.

Cars burn in Caracas Credit: Reuters

The anti-government protesters are demanding president Nicolas Maduro resigns over Venezuela's high rates of crime, inflation and shortages of basic food items.

The opposition marched to the Cuban embassy to protest alleged interference in Venezuelan affairs by the island's communist government.

Protest at Cuban embassy in Caracas Credit: Reuters

Venezuela accused the Americans of fomenting violent protests in the country's capital Caracas. Washington called the accusations "baseless and false."

The US gave three Venezuelan diplomats 48 hours to leave the country in a tit-for-tat reprisal over Venezuela's decision to expel three US diplomats last week.

Football star Maradona backs Venezuela's Maduro

Argentina's biggest football star Diego Maradona backed the country's president Nicolas Maduro.

Mr Maduro, a hand-picked successor to the late Hugo Chavez, is facing increasing pressure from the opposition.

President Nicolas Maduro and football start Diego maradona Credit: Reuters

"We're seeing all the lies that the imperialists are saying and inventing. I'm prepared to be a soldier for Venezuela in whatever is required," said Maradona, a friend of both Chavez and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, before declaring: "Long live Chavez, long live Maduro, long live Venezuela!"

The country's economic crisis and soaring crime have sparked anti-government protests last month.13 people have died, 500 people have been arrested and about 150 injured during riots in the past two weeks.

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13 dead in anti-government protests in Venezuela

Protester throws stones at a motorcycle after the rider tried to pass a barrier. Credit: Reuters/Marco Bello

13 people have died as anti-government protests continue in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.

Demonstrators put up barricades and set fire to cars and across the city, in protests against President Nicholas Maduro's 10-month-old government.

The graffiti reads: 'Maduro we are going for you.' Credit: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins.

The government says 529 people have been charged over the unrest, with most given warnings but 45 kept behind bars.

About 150 people have been injured, authorities say.

Anti-government demonstrators run from tear gas during clashes in Caracas. Credit: Carlos Garcia Rawlins

US condemns Venezuela's 'unacceptable use of force'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has criticised Venezuela's "unacceptable" use of force against anti-government protesters and political figures.

Opposition supporters stand near a burning barricade at Altamira square in Caracas this week Credit: Reuters

"Despite calls from thatcountry’s democratic opposition and the international community, the Venezuelangovernment has confronted peaceful protesters with force and in some cases witharmed vigilantes claiming to support the government ...This is not howdemocracies behave," Kerry said.

"The government’s use of force and judicial intimidation against citizens and political figures, who are exercising a legitimate right to protest, is unacceptable and will only increase the likelihood of violence," he added.

He called on the Venezuelan government to release jailed dissidents "and initiate a process of genuine dialogue with the democratic opposition.

Woman dies amid 6 fatalities in Venezuela during unrest

Venezuelan state television has said that a woman died after an ambulance taking her to hospital was blocked by opposition protesters in Caracas, bring to six the number of fatalities in a week of political unrest.

VTV said the victim, the mother of a VTV employee, was being rushed to hospital when she suffered a heart attack as her ambulance became stuck in gridlock created by anti-government protesters blocking roads.

Venezuela expels three US officials amid protests

The Venezuelan government has expelled three American officials over allegations the US is conspiring with the country's opposition leader.

Anti-government demonstrators walk through tear gas in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuela's foreign minister Elias Jaua today repeated accusations made by President Nicolas Maduro that the US is conspiring with Leopoldo Lopez to oust the socialist president during ongoing protests.

Riot police pictured during the protest in Caracas. Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

"This independent Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela does not accept threats, blackmail or conditions of any kind from any foreign country," he said.

Riot police and protesters clashed again last night amid protests that have left three people dead. Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

The US has called the accusations "baseless and false".

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