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El Nacional — April 27, 2017

CARACAS — The embattled government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has raised the stakes on both the domestic and foreign front.

At home, the death count continued to climb as the state responded to anti-government protests, a scenario Caracas-based daily El Nacional"s Thursday edition characterized as "Brutal Repression." Most sources cited 29 deaths in the past four weeks of clashes and demonstrations.

On the foreign policy front, the government decided to pull Venezuela out of the Organization of American States (OAS), which it says is "meddling" in the domestic affairs of the country in response to the opposition protests.

Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez announced the decision Wednesay after a meeting at the group's Washington headquarters in which its permanent council voted in favor of holding a special session to evaluate Venezuela's crisis, the El Nacional reports.

International pressure has been mounting for Maduro to schedule delayed elections and free jailed members of the opposition. You can read more in English from the Associated Press.

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