Venezuelan security services detained two prominent opposition leaders a day after a controversial vote for a new assembly to rewrite the constitution. The US has imposed sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro saying he is undermining democracy.
Seventeen people have been killed at a crowded nightclub after the detonation of a tear gas canister. Eight of those who died were under the age of 18.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected to a second six-year term. Rival candidates have rejected the electoral process and called for new elections. The vote was marked by low turnout.
Days after President Nicolas Maduro pledged to release political prisoners, his government freed US citizen Joshua Holt. The US had accused Caracas of holding Holt as a 'bargaining chip' in exchange for sanctions relief.
Venezuela has already begun the process of leaving the regional bloc but the US has renewed calls for its suspension. The US condemned the May elections and called for constitutional order to be resumed.
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