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Venezuela Opposition Parties to Boycott Local Elections

Three major opposition parties in Venezuela have announced they will boycott municipal elections in December, saying the vote will not be free or transparent.

"Taking part in these elections is not viable," said Henry Ramos Allup of Democratic Action, one of those three parties. The voting is scheduled for December.

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U.N. Says Venezuela Policies Designed to 'Instil Fear'

The widespread rights abuses committed against protestors in Venezuela indicate that the country has implemented a policy of repression aimed at instilling fear in the population, the U.N. said Wednesday.

A fresh U.N. report warned that the rights situation in Venezuela was at "grave risk" of unraveling further as the authorities continue to systematically and brutally repress demonstrators, and urged international action.

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New Venezuelan Assembly to Try Opposition Leaders for Treason

Venezuela's all-powerful new constituent assembly said Tuesday it will hold treason trials for opposition leaders it said are promoting economic sanctions imposed by the United States.

The assembly approved a decree in which it announced a "historic" trial against "those who involved in promoting these immoral actions against the interests of the Venezuelan people."

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Pence Vows U.S. Won't Allow 'Collapse of Venezuela'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday vowed the U.S. would not allow "the collapse of Venezuela," saying such an event would "endanger" countries in the wider region.

"The collapse of Venezuela will endanger all who call the Western Hemisphere home," Pence said in remarks delivered before some 600 people at a Catholic church in Doral, the heart of Miami's Venezuelan community. 

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Fleeing Maduro Critic Says Venezuela Now Lawless

Venezuela's fugitive former top prosecutor resurfaced in Brazil on Wednesday claiming to possess "a lot" of proof of President Nicolas Maduro's corruption and warning that her life remains in danger.

Days after a dramatic escape from chaotic Venezuela, Luisa Ortega, 59, turned up the heat on Maduro, who has asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" warrant for the arrest of his critic.

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Despite Venezuela's Growing Isolation, Key Allies Hang On

Nicolas Maduro's government in Venezuela is increasingly isolated but it still counts powerful support from countries such as Russia and China that can block or delay punitive action from the likes of the United Nations, analysts say.

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Venezuela's Constituent Assembly: What We Know

Venezuela held elections Sunday for a Constituent Assembly backed by embattled President Nicolas Maduro to rewrite the constitution. Opposition activists and some foreign countries have doubts. What do we know -- and not know -- about the vote?

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Venezuela High Court Fails to Issue Ruling on Attorney General

Venezuela's top court failed to meet a Wednesday deadline on whether to suspend Attorney General Luisa Ortega -- one of the most prominent detractors of President Nicolas Maduro -- and put her on trial.

Ortega, 59, is the most senior figure to defy Maduro as he fends off efforts to remove him from power in the volatile oil-exporting nation which has been gripped by more than three months of deadly unrest amid a desperate economic crisis.

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Venezuela Enters Crucial Week in Battle over Constitution Rewrite

Pro- and anti-government groups are battling fiercely for public support over a contested plan by embattled President Nicolas Maduro to have a new body elected this month to rewrite the constitution.

The opposition, energized by the release from jail of one of its emblematic leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, is leading the charge against the new assembly to be chosen in a July 30 election.

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Venezuela Protest Deaths Rise to 72 after Two Killed

Two protesters, both aged 20, died Thursday during anti-government demonstrations in separate regions of Venezuela, bringing the total deaths in more than two months of protests to 72, officials said.

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