I am a soldier of Maduro: Maradona

The hacking group who has declared war to the Venezuelan President

The election of an assembly to rewrite Venezuela's constitution sparked global condemnation and led the U.S.to impose sanctions on top officials.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the group of nations will only recognize decisions approved by Venezuela's National Assembly, including those related to loans, refinancing and public works.

The Assembly's new powers disallow the Opposition-ruled Congress from taking any action that would overrule the laws passed by the body.

In a passionate post on Facebook, the former soccer star declared "we are Chavistas" - a reference to President Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez. The Opposition and his critics, however, view it as a way to wield more authoritative power over the administration.

There was no immediate reaction from Venezuela's leftist government to the scathing criticism from the United Nations, which said preliminary findings from an investigation conducted in June and July "paint a picture of widespread and systematic use of excessive force and arbitrary detentions against demonstrators in Venezuela".

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Venezuela's supreme court sentenced a prominent opposition mayor, Ramon Muchacho, to 15 months in prison and stripped him of his right to hold political office.

The Venezuelan government is making it harder for opposition groups to take to the streets.

This mission, Maradona said, "is the most sacred thing we have".

The Treasury Department says seven are current or former Venezuelan government officials.

As the number of deaths continues to rise on the streets of Caracas, Nicolas Maduro threatens to unleash a ruthless army, if the protesters will attempt to overthrow the government, writes The Guardian.

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Muchacho's whereabouts were not immediately known, but he denounced the ruling on Twitter, saying that "all of the weight of the revolutionary injustice has fallen on my shoulders" for doing his job to guarantee the constitutional right to protest.

Among the other agreements reached by the ANC is the support to the Commission of Truth, Justice and Peace to investigate the deaths during the violent protests in the country led by the right-wing opposition.

- "Degrading treatment" -"Several thousand people have been arbitrarily detained, many reportedly subjected to ill-treatment and even torture, while several hundred have been brought before military rather than civilian courts", he said, stressing that "these patterns show no signs of abating".

The UN said a full report on its finding about Venezuela would be issued at the end of this month.

Mariana Bazzo/Reuters Peru's Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna (C) along with foreign ministers and representatives from across the Americas, called Venezuela now a ‘dictatorship', Ministers criticize human rights violations and use of violence, in Lima, Peru, August 8, 2017.

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Both the Constituent Assembly and the National Assembly met Tuesday in separate chambers of the legislative palace in the capital, Caracas. Still, Venezuela is facing mounting pressure and threats of deepening sanctions from trade partners.

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