Venezuela's Maduro says he is breaking diplomatic relations with U.S. – media

00:35, 24 January 2019
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Speaking to supporters outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, socialist leader Maduro said he would give U.S. diplomatic personnel 72 hours to leave Venezuela, which is suffering from a hyperinflationary economic collapse, Reuters said.

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Opposition leader Juan Guaido earlier declared himself interim president of the crisis-stricken country, receiving backing from the United States and several Latin American governments.

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets across Venezuela to demand Maduro step aside.

Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas at opposition demonstrators blocking a highway in capital Caracas on Wednesday.

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