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The pro-government constitutional assembly is ruling with virtually unlimited authority and is expected to meet again Tuesday.

He noted that monthly inflation was quickening, with the rise reaching 26 percent in July versus 21.4 percent in June. They have to decide this week whether to register candidates for the regional elections.

The South American country does not grow much food domestically and this can be risky but seems to be worth it to the protesters.

A number of countries, including the UK, the US and Argentina, refused to recognize the election.

The legislation also includes protection abnd justice for the victims of political violence promoted by sectors of Venezuelan ultraright forces. He was a staunch backer and friend of now-deceased presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Fidel Castro of Cuba. Commenting on the statement, Maduro stressed that the Organization of American States (OAS) was "failing in its attempts to interfere in Venezuela's affairs".

Two were killed and eight captured, but 10 who escaped were granted sanctuary on properties belonging to the Catholic church just 100 yards from the base, army commander Major General Jesus Suarez said on Tuesday. The opposition instantly denounced the move, and then boycotted a government-sponsored referendum on the assembly in July.

Portugal's foreign minister said recently his country always defines its position based on "what is more beneficial and what is more harmful" to the 500,000 Portuguese living in Venezuela.

"It is without a doubt today's most pertinent forum for dialogue", he said.

Department spokeswoman Heather Nauer issued a series of tweets on Venezuela Tuesday.

"The Constituent Assembly got off on the right foot", Maduro said on Sunday.

- Francisco Jose Ameliach Orta, who was appointed as a member of the presidential commission and elected constituent for the Valencia municipality.

After receiving no response to repeated requests for access to Venezuela to investigate the situation in the country, UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein deployed a team of human rights officers to monitor the country remotely.

Dozens of Venezuelan websites, many of them for state bodies, were hit by a cyberattack on Monday by hackers lending support to an armed rebel group that staged a weekend raid on an army base.

A full report on the team's findings is expected later this month.

President Nicolas Maduro's all-powerful constitutional assembly is forging ahead on promises to punish the embattled leader's foes.

Around 20 men led by an army officer who had deserted battled troops in the base in the third-largeset city of Valencia for three hours early Sunday, officials said.