• Sanctions unveiled for alleged human rights abuses and corruption
  • Opposition activists launch 48-hour strike before Sunday’s controversial vote

The United States has imposed new sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials, turning up the heat on the beleaguered government of Nicolás Maduro as opposition activists launched a 48-hour strike in protest against an upcoming vote they say will mark the end of democracy.

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