Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition said they made strides during the talks but needed more time. The next round of talks will begin in the Dominican Republic on January 18.
The two sides failed to come to terms in a prior round of talks last December, when they concluded by saying they had made progress but needed more time. In the new round, they are seeking to reach an agreement to ease economic and political crisis.
Florida's governor warned that all of the state's 20.6 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate. Miami's beaches, normally packed with sun lovers, were deserted.
The dangerous Category 5 storm is wielding the most powerful winds ever recorded for a storm in the Atlantic Ocean. US President Donald Trump declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in preparation of Irma.
'I voted for continuity. Danilo needs another four years to improve safety and work with the schools,' says a resident of downtown Santo Domingo.
Dominican Republic's incumbent leader Danilo Medina is expected to win his fourth consecutive term in office.
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