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Russia scrapped plans Wednesday to refuel Syria-bound warships in a Spanish port after Madrid came under pressure to refuse access to a flotilla that may be used to help attacks on Aleppo. The Spanish foreign ministry said that three Russian ships -- part of a wider flotilla led by aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov -- had been due to take on fuel and supplies from Friday at the port of Ceuta, a Spanish territory on the north coast of Africa. There has been concern that the ships could take part in air strikes in Syria, where Russia has been staging a bombing campaign for the past year in support of President Bashar al-Assad and has deployed a naval contingent to back up its operation.
By Alexandra Ulmer and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Opposition supporters rallied throughout Venezuela on Wednesday against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom they accuse of turning into a dictator by preventing a plebiscite to remove him. The opposition coalition says Maduro must go before the situation worsens, but Venezuela's electoral authorities last week canceled a planned signature drive to hold a recall referendum against him, citing fraud. An enraged opposition said Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader who narrowly won election to succeed Hugo Chavez in 2013, had crossed the line.