Venezuela's Top Court Orders Opposition Mayor Jailed

Maradona seen campaigning for Maduro in 2013 has struggled with drink and drug problems

Diego Maradona seen campaigning for Nicolas Maduro in 2013

"We condemn the economic sanctions against the people of Venezuela that are a clear violation of global law and human rights, and an unacceptable interference with the only goal to cause direct damage to the Bolivarian government and the people of Venezuela", the final document released after the Alliance's meeting in Caracas said, Sputnik reported.

Venezuela's new constitutional assembly has passed a decree declaring itself superior to all other branches of government.

The United States has taken the unusual step of imposing sanctions on a head of state by targeting Maduro with a freeze of any USA assets he might have.

Government officials have said the assembly should strip lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution - a move meant to hold them accountable for allegedly stirring violence in four months of anti-government protests that have left more than 120 people dead and hundreds more injured or detained.

Venezuela's supreme court sentenced a prominent opposition mayor, Ramon Muchacho, to 15 months in prison and stripped him of his right to hold political office.

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United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday that Guterres "is concerned that recent developments could lead to further escalation of tensions and distance the country from a path conducive to a peaceful solution to its challenges".

Meanwhile, the Constituent Assembly - packed with Maduro loyalists - voted unanimously its backing for the military, following a weekend raid on an army base by rebels who officials said were "terrorists" supported by the United States.

Luna said that it was important to address the "unprecedented regional crisis" in Venezuela collectively, but said some member's of the new group may take individual actions to go further.

The new constitutional assembly has signaled it will act swiftly in following through with Maduro's commands.

The next round is still expected to stop short of penalties against Venezuela's vital oil sector, considered the toughest of possible sanctions, though such measures, United States sources have said, remain under consideration.

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Opposition lawmaker Delsa Solorzano says the goal of the truth commission is to "persecute those who think differently".

"We are Chavistas until death", Maradona wrote on his official Facebook page on Monday night, using a term to refer to supporters of late former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The President also welcomed the ANC's decision to remove the sitting prosecutor general, Luisa Ortega Diaz, a vocal Maduro critic, and named former ombudsman Tarek William Saab as a temporary replacement. An election for delegates to the constitutional assembly was fraught with accusations of vote tampering.

Foreign ministers from 17 Western Hemisphere nations, however, refused to recognise the new "all-powerful body", AP reported.

Both the Constituent Assembly and the National Assembly met Tuesday in separate chambers of the legislative palace in the capital, Caracas.

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In Requenses words: "Maduro knows this country is ungovernable". According to the government, two of the intruders were killed and eight were captured, but the others got away.

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