The prolonged political deadlock in Venezuela needs to be settled so the country can begin the road to recovery.
The 35-year-old politician has declared himself interim president but there is little sign that he is any closer to achieving his goal, even with the backing of the Trump administration.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blames an international conspiracy for the attempt on his life, but that won't be enough to distract from the country's impending bankruptcy.
Opposition critics and rights groups say Maduro's government is still holding hundreds more political prisoners who were jailed for leading anti-government street demonstrations.
Democratic Unity alliance returns to talks even as it criticises the government for unilaterally setting a deadline for elections and banning it from the ballot. Venezuelans blame Maduro for food shortages and inflation but he remains ahead in polls.
Two former Caracas mayors Antonio Ledezma and fellow opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez were jailed after being accused of destabilising President Maduro government.
Two high-profile critics of President Maduro were captured from their homes in overnight raids. They were living under house arrest over allegations of inciting violence during anti-government protests in 2014.
Many protests have ended in clashes between masked youths and security forces, with more than 90 killed, hundreds arrested and thousands injured since the unrest began at the start of April.
Venezuela's attorney general, Luisa Ortega, says Maduro's plan to create a new congress threatens to "eliminate" democracy.
Led by opposition leaders, lawmakers and Lilian Tintori -- the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez -- the crowd carried flowers and placards denouncing "repression."
At least 37 people have died after a month of deadly protests. The family of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez are calling for the International Red Cross to verify his wellbeing.
After the death toll from anti-government unrest in Venezuela rises to 36, eight Latin American nations denounced "excessive use of force" by Venezuelan authorities.
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