Venezuela president asks for extra powers to 'fight imperialism' following US sanctions

March 10, 2015 5:17 AM

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Venezuela president asks for extra powers to 'fight imperialism' following US sanctions

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds up a clenched fist as he greets supporters during an event at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. In a fiery speech late Monday, March 9, 2015, Maduro promoted one of the seven officials the White House sanctioned earlier in the day, and said he would ask Congress to grant him additional powers to “fighting imperialism.” (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File) (The Associated Press)

In this March 5, 2013 photo, Gen. Antonio Jose Benavides Torres, commander in Venezuela's Bolivarian National Armed Forces and former GNB operations director, arrives to the military hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials Monday, March ...

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