• Venezuela lawmakers reject economic crisis plan

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    CARACAS: Venezuelan opposition lawmakers on Friday (Saturday in Manila) rejected President Nicolas Maduro’s bid to decree a state of economic emergency, deepening a political crisis in the oil-rich nation. Friday was the deadline for the opposition-controlled National Assembly to vote on Maduro’s decree, which would have given him special powers to intervene in the economic crisis. But his rivals in the assembly refused to pass it, prolonging a tense political standoff in the volatile South American state, where citizens are suffering shortages of food and goods. Lawmakers voted by 107 votes to 53 to reject the measure.

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