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Venezuela Charges Pres. Maduro’s Foe in Alleged Assassination Plot

Opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado holds a Venezuelan flag during a women's protest outside the Bolivarian National Guard headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 26, 2014. The outspoken leader of Venezuela’s opposition is being charged, Nov. 26, 2014, in what the government alleges was a US-backed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado holds a Venezuelan flag during a women's protest outside the Bolivarian National Guard headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 26, 2014. The outspoken leader of Venezuela’s opposition is being charged, Nov. 26, 2014, in what the government alleges was a US-backed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela—An outspoken leader of Venezuela’s opposition is being charged in what the government alleges was a U.S.-backed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela’s...




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