Venezuela

Maduro dissolves National Assembly; move could speed-up Venezuela-T&T gas deal

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro used his control of the supreme court to effectively dissolve the opposition-controlled national assembly, a provocative move that promises to further isolate the oil-producing country, which Venezuelan media say is likely to clear a way for the Venezuela-T&T gas deal, among other things.

Opposition leaders are denouncing the measure as a constitutional coup and are demanding presidential elections next year. Some are calling for Venezuelans to take to the streets.

Bakers arrested in Venezuela for making brownies instead of bread

Four bakers have been arrested in Venezuela for illegally making brownies and other pastries.

It's part of a crackdown by the government, which now requires 90% of the country's wheat to be used in loaves rather than cakes.

President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to take over bakeries in the capital Caracas as part of a new "bread war".

He's sent inspectors and soldiers into more than 700 bakeries this week to enforce the rules.

Maduro: "Comrade Trump" offering me food products at a good price; expect surprises

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has called US President "Comrade Trump" and has told his people to expect "surprises" in the relationship between the two countries.

The socialist leader also hinted that a deal is in the works to provide the hunger-stricken country with food imported from the US "at a good price."

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