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CARACAS, Apr 21 : Venezuela's opposition renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, and vowed to keep up pressure by staging three more protests in the next four days. A man was fatally shot on Thursday night during a protest.  Thursday's crowds were smaller than the hundreds of thousands of people who flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on Wednesday, the latest and largest in several weeks of protests against what Maduro's opponents condemn as a lurch toward dictatorship.    —REUTERS
Duterte tours warship
MANILA, Apr 21: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toured a visiting Russian warship on Friday for the second time in barely four months as he highlighted his growing closeness to Moscow. "The Russians are with me, I shall not be afraid," Duterte was quoted as saying during a visit to the Russian guided missile cruiser 'Varyag' which is on a port visit to Manila.    —AFP
Arrest Assange: US
WASHINGTON, Apr 21: The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a US "priority," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday, as media reports indicated his office was preparing charges against the fugitive anti-hero. "We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks," Sessions, America's top cop, said at a news conference in response to a reporter's question about a US priority to arrest Assange. "Whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail."    —AFP
Russia shooting at FSB
MOSCOW, Apr 21 : A gunman with alleged links to a neo-Nazi group Friday shot dead an employee of Russia's FSB security service and a civilian at the agency's office in a far eastern city, officials said. The FSB said the attacker -- named as local resident A.V. Konev, born in 1999 -- opened fire immediately after entering the reception of an FSB building in the city of Khabarovsk before he was himself shot dead. "There is information about his belonging to a neo-Nazi group," the FSB said in a statement, without giving any more details.     —AFP

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