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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro celebrates the results of Sunday's referendum to elect members of his constituent assembly. For this "fundamental assault on the freedoms of the Venezuelan people," the U.S. Treasury announced sanctions on Maduro on Monday. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Unrest In Venezuela Deepens After 'Sham Election'

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U.S. Condemns Venezuela Vote As 'Sham Election'

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Members of Argentina's Venezuelan community protest against the election for a constituent assembly on Sunday, in Buenos Aires, as Venezuela holds the controversial vote. Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuelans Opposed To President Maduro Boycott Elections

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Activist and migrants of the Casa del Migrante de Ciudad Juarez and Comite de Solidaridad para los Migrantes Detenidos protest for the deaths of migrants on a trailer in Texas last week, at Paso del Norte International Bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, on July 28, 2017. HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela Prepares For Controversial Vote

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After the 2010 earthquake, NGOs dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage at the end of the Port-au-Prince city landfill, which borders the sea and is not lined with an impermeable material. Marie Arago for NPR hide caption

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You Probably Don't Want To Know About Haiti's Sewage Problems

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Venezuelan Election Looms Amid Fears of Dictatorship

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Crisis Intensifies In Venezuela Ahead Of Controversial Vote

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An anti-Maduro demonstrator waves the Venezuelan flag at a protest in the capital, Caracas, on Wednesday. The government banned such demonstrations nationwide for the next five days, as the country approaches a Sunday vote on delegates for Maduro's constituent assembly, which would lead a rewrite of the constitution. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions leaves the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Sessions is traveling to El Salvador on Thursday to discuss gang violence with his counterparts there. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuelans began blocking deserted streets Wednesday as the opposition held a two-day strike opposing President Nicolas Maduro's planned vote for a new Constituent Assembly. A banner reading "The Constituent Is Hunger," is seen in Caracas' Petare neighborhood on Wednesday. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Places Sanctions On 13 Venezuelan Officials

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