Widespread shortages fueled protests throughout Venezuela - not long ago it was a rich country. Many accuse the government of using state resources to service debts, instead of buying food for its people.
At least two people have died after sporadic violence broke out during a 24-hour strike in Venezuela called by opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Months of protests in the country have so far led to 97 deaths.
US President Donald Trump has threatened action against his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro, whom he called a "bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator." The political impasse in Venezuela has intensified.
The Trump administration is "considering all options," including banning Venezuelan oil imports, officials said. The US is trying to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to abandon plans to rewrite the constitution.
Nearly 7.2 million Venezuelans have taken part in an informal opposition vote against the government of leftist President Nicolas Maduro. The vote was marked by episodes of violence.
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