By Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his "economic offensive" to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won the most votes in weekend municipal elections. That result derailed efforts by Maduro's critics to turn the vote into a show of disapproval for his government and the legacy of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are edging higher in light trading, adding to last week's late rally on strong U.S. jobs numbers from November.
Protesters block some streets in Kiev to defend main square: eyewitnesses
KIEV (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters blocked several main streets in the center of Ukrainian capital Kiev on Monday, eyewitnesses said, responding to calls from opposition leaders to defend their demonstration from possible police intervention. Vitaly Klitschko, an opposition leader, told Reuters: "The opposition must stay here and do everything to stop the police from breaking up a peaceful demonstration." He called on those people who were elderly or frail to go home. (reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel and Pavel Polityuk, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Richard Balmforth)