Actress’ slaying puts Venezuela leaders on spot

January 8, 2014 • World News

In this photo provided by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, left, shakes hands with opposition leader and Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles during a meeting with mayors and governors at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Maduro promised “better coordination” in the fight against crime in a speech to Wednesday’s swiftly convened security meeting, which had originally been scheduled for late January. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Office)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro hastily gathered state governors and mayors Wednesday to discuss the country’s violent crime amid public outrage over the killing of a popular soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela.

In a rare conciliatory moment during the meeting, Maduro reached out and shook hands with the main opposition leader, Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles, whom he defeated by a razor-thin margin in the April presidential election.

Capriles claims the election was stolen and the two have frequently exchanged insults. But Capriles said Tuesday that he was willing to put aside differences and unite against crime.

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