Venezuela's opposition leaders have called another general strike following clashes between their supporters and national guard soldiers in Caracas. President Nicolas Maduro is being accused of a power grab.
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.
President Trump has signed new economic sanctions on Venezuela, banning the purchase of debt owed to Venezuela's government or its state-owned enterprises. The order follows President Maduro's contested election victory.
The president made the announcement during his swearing in ceremony before the Constituent Assembly. The government has jailed more than 300 people for reportedly inciting violence during anti-government protests.
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.
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