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Venezuela, China Loom Large as Pompeo Begins LatAm Tour

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a four-nation tour of Latin American allies Friday, arriving in Paraguay after talks in Santiago with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera that focused on Venezuela and the growing commercial influence of China.

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New Blackout Hits Large Parts of Venezuela

A new blackout across large parts of Venezuela, including the capital Caracas, forced many to spend another night in the dark Tuesday, AFP and accounts published on social media said.

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Venezuelans Protest as Guaido Declares 'Definitive' Escalation

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has launched what he promised will be a "definitive" escalation of pressure to force the country's embattled leftist leader from office.

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EU Condemns Stripping of Immunity from Venezuela's Guaido

The EU on Thursday condemned a decision to strip Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido of immunity from prosecution, calling it a "serious violation" of the constitution that undermined the chances of a peaceful solution to the country's crisis.

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Top Venezuela Court Tightens Noose on Opposition Chief Guaido

Venezuela's Supreme Court called Monday for Juan Guaido to be stripped of his legislative immunity, tightening the noose on the opposition chief just days after authorities announced a ban on him holding public office.

Guaido -- recognized as Venezuela's interim president by some 50 countries -- is locked in a power struggle with President Nicolas Maduro that has drawn in neighboring states as well as superpowers such as the US and Russia.

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Maduro Announces 30 Days of Electricity Rationing in Venezuela

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced 30 days of electricity rationing on Sunday, after his government said it was reducing the length of the workday and keeping schools closed due to devastating blackouts plaguing the country.

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Caracas and Other Major Venezuelan Cities Hit by New Blackout

A new blackout hit Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities on Friday, the third major electricity outage in the crisis-plagued country this month.

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Venezuela's Maduro Announces Ban on Rival Holding Public Office

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime, bolstered by a Russian military deployment infuriating the US, on Thursday announced a ban on Washington-backed self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido holding public office.

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Russia Says Its Troops in Venezuela 'for as Long as Needed'

Russia said Thursday its troops will stay in Venezuela "for as long as needed", rejecting US President Donald Trump's demand that Russia remove its military from the crisis-stricken country.

Russia's weekend deployment of troops and equipment to bolster President Nicolas Maduro has ratcheted up already high international tensions over Venezuela where the Trump administration is pushing for regime change.

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Despair, Anger as Venezuelans Endure Paralyzing Blackout

Venezuelans wavered between despair and rage Wednesday as they endured a third day of a near-nationwide blackout that has paralyzed their country -- the second such outage this month.

"Food stocks are starting to rot. There's no water. The transport virtually doesn't work. There's no means of communication," said Nestor Carreno, who was forced to shutter his pizzeria in a formerly upscale district of Caracas.

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