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    Two Die in Venezuelan Strike; US Levies Sanctions

    The country’s at a standstill. A 48-hour general strike called by President Nicolas Maduro’s political opposition — protesting his plans to elect a constitutional assembly and bypass normal legislative processes — has seen normal life grind to a halt. Violent clashes and roadblocks across Venezuela have left two more people dead Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 105 in four months of ongoing demonstrations. Meanwhile, Maduro railed against not just protesters, but also new U.S. sanctions on 13 top Venezuelan officials, calling them “illegal, insolent and unprecedented.”

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