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Legislators defy Maduro push

Foreign envoys back Venezuelan congress in power dispute

By JOSHUA GOODMAN The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 20, 2017 at 3:36 a.m. Updated August 20, 2017 at 3:36 a.m.

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Some foreign diplomats (left) receive applause Saturday for their show of solidarity with Venezuelan lawmakers during a special session of Venezuela’s National Assembly in Caracas.

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's congress met Saturday in defiance of what opposition leaders consider an autocratic push by allies of President Nicolas Maduro to usurp the legislature's powers.

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