Blackouts and food shortages have become part of daily life as Venezuela grapples with a deep recession. As people resort to rationing meals and lining up for basic foodstuffs, tensions are beginning to flare.
The democratically elected congress has rejected being stripped of power, saying they are resisting "an armed military dictatorship." The international community has condemned the power grab by a pro-government assembly.
The rule of law has died in Venezuela, said the country's ex-chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega. She has claimed to have damning evidence of widespread corruption in the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel has been a vocal critic of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Now the government has retaliated by canceling his planned US tour with Venezuela's National Youth Orchestra.
Venezuela has told Germany not to meddle in its affairs after Berlin called for a return to democracy in the crisis-stricken South American country. Maduro's new all-powerful assembly has drawn international criticism.
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