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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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A truck burns behind a man perched near a traffic barrier in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday. In more than 60 days of unrest, at least 60 people have died in violence related to protests against President Nicolas Maduro. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Opposition Parties In Venezuela Prepare For Elections, Hoping They Will Come

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