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Venezuelan officials killed as voting starts

A leading candidate in Sunday’s assembly elections and an opposition activist have been killed in Venezuela. The killings took place before voting started to elect a new assembly with powers to rewrite the constitution. The opposition says it is a power grab by President Nicolás Maduro and is boycotting the vote. The government says the constituent assembly is the only way to bring peace back to the country after months of violent protests. José Felix Pineda, a 39-year-old lawyer running in the election, was shot in his home on Saturday…

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Woman, 61, shot dead in Venezuela voting queue

Media playback is unsupported on your device A nurse aged 61 has been shot dead while waiting to vote in an unofficial, opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas. Men on motorbikes fired at a queue, killing her and wounding three others. The opposition blamed a “paramilitary” gang. Video from the scene showed people rushing away from the gunshots. Many fled to a church. Venezuela is in crisis, and more than 100 people have died in political clashes since April. Opposition spokesman Carlos Ocariz said of the shooting: “We lament this…

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News: Voting opens ahead of World Spa Awards 2017

Voting has opened today for the third annual World Spa Awards – the premier awards programme for the spa and wellness tourism industry. The nominees now face the all-important 16 week voting window. Members of the spa and wellness community, both tourism professionals and spa consumers, are invited to vote from the shortlist of 2017 World Spa Awards finalists. The winners will be revealed at the glittering 2017 World Spa Awards Ceremony being staged in Vietnam on the December 9th. JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa has…

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