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The Latest: US condemns ousting of Venezuelan prosecutor

The Latest: US condemns ousting of Venezuelan prosecutorCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local):



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Ex-Fox News executive 'being considered for White House communications job' after ousting of Anthony Scaramucci

Ex-Fox News executive 'being considered for White House communications job' after ousting of Anthony ScaramucciDonald Trump is reportedly considering Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive, for a role on his press team, a day after the humiliated Anthony Scaramucci was removed as White House communications director. Mr Shine – who was forced out of Fox News following allegations that he covered up incidents of sexual harassment against anchor Bill O’Reilly and former chief Roger Ailes – is said to have spoken with White House officials about taking a position on the communications team.



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Venezuelans vote in referendum on ousting Maduro 

Venezuelans vote in referendum on ousting Maduro Venezuelans on Sunday turned out in force for an unofficial referendum called by the opposition in a bid to topple the "totalitarian" government of Nicolas Maduro, as the oil-rich country teeters on the brink of civil conflict. Long lines curled around polling stations across Venezuela as voters queued from the early hours, many wrapped in the red, yellow and blue of the national flag. Members of the Venezuelan diaspora also voted in large numbers at centres in 360 cities around the world; in London, the queue stretched for four blocks around Bloomsbury Square, forcing organisers to extend voting hours. Helicopter attacks Venezuela's Supreme Court 01:42 Mr Maduro's government has rejected the move as illegal and vowed to defend itself with arms, leading to fears of further violence after almost 90 deaths in three months of protest. Mr Maduro is campaigning for a July 30 vote to form a people's assembly that will rewrite the country's constitution and have the power to bypass state institutions, including the opposition-led parliament.  The plebiscite asks voters three questions: whether they reject Mr Maduro's drive to form a people's assembly that will rewrite the country's constitution; whether they demand that the armed forces defend the constitution and the decisions of the opposition controlled National Assembly; and finally, whether they want the formation of a unity government and fresh elections. Shocking video captures attack on Venezuelan Assembly 01:04 Julio Borges, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, hailed the referendum as a “triumph”. “The people are demonstrating that democracy, liberty, dignity, progress, that national unity is above any totalitarian pretension,” he said at a press conference before the polls closed. The day appeared likely to deliver the "overwhelming" vote against Mr Maduro predicted by the opposition – though most government supporters boycotted the polls. Mr Maduro's government rejected the vote as illegal and had repeatedly vowed to defend itself with arms, leading to fears of further violence after more than 90 deaths in three months of protests. In the end, the day largely passed off peacefully. But in Catia, an impoverished Caracas neighbourhood, an armed pro-government group allegedly opened fire at a church polling station, killing a 61-year-old nurse and injuring three others. Mr Maduro, however, mostly remained quiet, focusing instead on his own July 30 vote to form a people's assembly that will rewrite the country's constitution.  Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro  It is this drive – which would allow Mr Maduro to bypass the opposition-led National Assembly – that triggered Sunday’s plebiscite. Voters were asked three questions: whether they reject the formation of a people's assembly; whether they demand that the armed forces defend the constitution and the decisions of the National Assembly; and finally, whether they want the formation of a unity government and fresh elections. The vote was backed by the country's rebel attorney general, Luisa Ortega Diaz, the formerly loyal Chavista who has turned on Mr Maduro over human rights abuses by government forces and the legislative manoeuvering that she says amounts to a coup d’etat.  Mr Maduro has tried to ward off growing discontent with a combination of threats and gestures, last weekend allowing the transfer of Leopoldo Lopez, a key opposition leader, to house arrest after three years in a military prison.  On Friday, he announced an 80 per cent pay rise for the Bolivarian National Guard, amid increasing signs of discontent in the lower ranks. Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that 102 soldiers have been arrested for crimes such as rebellion and desertion since protests began in April. Lower level officers and their families are also suffering from the hyperinflation and devastating shortages of food and medicine that have left many Venezuelans struggling to survive and forced an exodus into neighbouring countries.  In the most dramatic sign of dissent, a rogue police officer last month attacked the country's Supreme Court with a police helicopter before going on the run and posting videos declaring himself part of a faction that was fighting to bring down Mr Maduro's regime. 



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