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Venezuelans protest as Guaido declares 'greatest escalation of pressure'

Venezuelans protest as Guaido declares 'greatest escalation of pressure'Opposition supporters thronged the streets of Caracas and other cities on Saturday to protest against President Nicolas Maduro’s government, as massive blackouts and the collapse of water supplies further exacerbated a growing political crisis. The United States meanwhile has stiffened its economic sanctions against the government, and one top US official on Saturday warned Venezuela’s military that it must protect the rights of peaceful protesters.



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Venezuelans Protest Power Cuts That Put Maduro in a Bind

Venezuelans Protest Power Cuts That Put Maduro in a BindPower went out in all of western Zulia state at 9:55 a.m., Willy Casanova, mayor of the city of Maracaibo, said on Twitter. Netblocks.org, which tracks internet disruptions globally, said only 15 percent of the country had internet after the power failure. Weeks of power cuts have increased instability in Venezuela.



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Venezuelans Take to the Streets After Another Round of Blackouts

Venezuelans Take to the Streets After Another Round of Blackouts“We will continue to hit the streets,” Juan Guaido, head of the National Assembly recognized as interim president by some 50 nations, told protesters Saturday in San Antonio de Los Altos. Unlike other protests since January, Guaido did not call for huge rallies in the capital of Caracas but rather urged Venezuelans to protest at key locations or in their own neighborhoods. “My food is rotting and my appliances are going haywire,¨ said Yolanda Bellorin, a retired lawyer protesting among her neighbors in Caracas’ Colinas de la California neighborhood.



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Maduro Extends Carnival. Defiant Venezuelans Go to Work Anyway

Maduro Extends Carnival. Defiant Venezuelans Go to Work AnywayMost Venezuelans in the capital showed up to work in quiet defiance of President Nicolas Maduro’s abrupt order that carnival holidays begin Thursday instead of next week. Women and men in formal business attire hurried to work in Altamira’s business district and a long line of customers waited to purchase items like cornmeal and coffee from Jose Marquez’s kiosk in the Manzanares neighborhood. Guaido, the 35-year-old head of the opposition-dominated National Assembly, is battling with Maduro over who is the legitimate head of state.



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Malnourished Venezuelans hope urgently needed aid arrives soon

Malnourished Venezuelans hope urgently needed aid arrives soonThe 38-year-old is one of many Venezuelans suffering from malnutrition as the once-prosperous, oil-rich OPEC nation has seen its economy halve in size over the last five years under President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelans’ diets have become ever more deficient in vitamins and protein, as currency controls restrict food imports and salaries fail to keep apace with inflation that is now above 2 million percent annually. Growing malnutrition is one of the reasons Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido has moved ahead with his plans to bring supplies of food and medicine into Venezuela by land and sea on Saturday, despite resistance from Maduro.



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Double trouble: Venezuelans and their two 'presidents'

Double trouble: Venezuelans and their two 'presidents'Anibal Garcia chooses to make light of a situation which has left him and many other residents of Caracas unsure as to who is in charge of Venezuela. Prolonged economic crisis has now been joined by high-stakes political turmoil in the country whose official president is Nicolas Maduro, but where National Assembly chief Juan Guaido on Wednesday proclaimed himself in charge, on an acting basis. Guaido pledged to install a transitional government and hold free elections.



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Venezuelans flee economic crisis at home

Venezuelans flee economic crisis at homeThe Pentagon is preparing to dispatch a hospital ship to Colombia and possibly other parts of South America to help relieve strain on health care systems overloaded by an influx of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans. An estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the crisis-torn country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.



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Colombia says increasing number of Venezuelans involved in ELN attacks

Colombia says increasing number of Venezuelans involved in ELN attacksColombia on Thursday said an increasing number of Venezuelans were taking part in attacks by Marxist ELN rebels and in criminal activity, as hundreds of thousands of migrants flee over the border to escape a humanitarian crisis at home. Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said he had expressed concern to his Venezuelan counterpart General Vladimir Padrino in a telephone conversation, and that they had agreed to meet to coordinate security plans at the border. Villegas said Venezuelans had collaborated with the National Liberation Army (ELN) in attacks in Colombia and been involved in killings and robberies.



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Venezuelans voting with their feet before Sunday's poll

Venezuelans voting with their feet before Sunday's pollMany Venezuelans have already voted in Sunday’s key regional elections — with their feet, taking a one-way bus ticket out the country convinced the vote will change nothing. In a Caracas bus terminal, Jesus Ravelo and his wife Haydee jostled in the throng to say farewell to their son Josue, following in the footsteps of his elder brother who left a week ago. The poll is seen as a key test for both President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition who failed to unseat him after months of protests in which 125 people lost their lives.



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Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood

Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewoodBy Maria Ramirez and Deisy Buitrago PUERTO ORDAZ/CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world’s largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas – leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke. Finding domestic gas cylinders has become increasingly difficult, a problem that oil industry analysts attribute to slumping oil output in the OPEC nation – which is struggling under an unraveling socialist economy. State oil company PDVSA says the problem is due to difficulties in distributing tanks amid four months of anti-government protests in which its trucks have been attacked.



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