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Demonstrators have for weeks staged rallies and set up barricades to demand the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, leading to clashes with security forces and government supporters. Motorcycle drivers clearing a barricade in the middle-class neighborhood of Los Ruices were attacked by residents from nearby buildings who threw rocks and later shot at them, National Guard Gen. Manuel Quevedo told Reuters. The motorcyclist who was killed, Jose Cantillo, who was in his early twenties, was shot in the neck, Quevedo said. "Make no mistake, the National Guard and the armed forces are going to continue patrolling the streets to restore order," he said in an interview at the scene of the events.
The US economy generated 175,000 jobs in February, data showed Friday, a modest rebound from two poor months when weakness was blamed on harsh winter weather. The Labor Department also revised higher by 25,000 the number of net positions created in December and January, softening the picture of a sharp downturn in the US jobs market at the height of the winter. The total number of unemployed Americans gained slightly in February at 10.5 million as more people returned to the market for jobs