The UN Human Rights Council voted to send a team of investigators to investigate alleged violations while the EU imposed sanctions on seven Venezuelan intelligence and security officials.
Sixteen nations voted to employ a regional defence treaty to impose sanctions against the oil-rich country which suffers from hyperinflation and shortages of basic goods.
Venezuelan officials launched an investigation based on photos appearing in social media allegedly showing opposition leader Juan Guaido posing with two suspected members of a Colombian drug-trafficking group.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered to halt talks with representatives of opposition leader Juan Guaido, blaming the latest sanctions by the US President Donald Trump.
US president Donald Trump did not elaborate on when or how such a blockade could be imposed.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido did not specify a date for resumption of talks at the new venue, in the Caribbean, after earlier discussions stalled in Norway.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro renewed his call for a political dialogue as thousands joined pro- and anti-government rallies to mark Independence Day celebrations.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, who arrived in Caracas on Wednesday for a three-day visit, has held talks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition leader Juan Guaido.
Colombian President Ivan Duque arrived in Lima during a state visit to Peru amid discussions on migration. Duque was greeted by an honour guard upon his arrival at the presidential palace.
Juan Guaido on Tuesday at 4AM, flanked by soldiers who had deserted the Venezuelan army, attempted what looked like one last roll of the dice in his bid to overthrow the Maduro government.
The prolonged political deadlock in Venezuela needs to be settled so the country can begin the road to recovery.
The 35-year-old politician has declared himself interim president but there is little sign that he is any closer to achieving his goal, even with the backing of the Trump administration.
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