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    Duterte Calls for De Lima’s Resignation | Fears of a Venezuela Coup

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    We look at the escalations in Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” and fears that opposition protests planned for Thursday September 1st could trigger a coup d'état against President Maduro’s embattled administration.

    Today’s main stories: The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has suggested that a Senator leading the probe into alleged extra judicial killings under his administration should resign and "hang herself". We talk to Chito Gascon, Chair of the Human Rights Commission of the Philippines.

    Demonstrations are planned this week in Venezuela amidst the ongoing economic crisis and the potential recall of President Nicolas Maduro, but government sources are concerned that the protests could escalate into a destabilising event or even a coup. We speak with Francisco Dominguez, a senior lecturer at Middlesex University, where he is head of the Centre for Brazilian and Latin American Studies, and secretary of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign.

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    Abduction, cows, economic crisis, protests, coup, drugs, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, United Nations, Amnesty International, Rodrigo Duterte, Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela, Egypt, Philippines
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