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The United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday night.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

The big picture: The U.S. is calling for a regime change in Venezuela and it has previously raised concerns for the safety of Americans in the country. In a televised address Monday night, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro accused President Trump of plotting to have him overthrown and he reiterated his claims that the U.S. was behind the power outages that have crippled the country, the Guardian reports. "The United States’ imperialist government ordered this attack," Maduro said.

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Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.

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Two years of COVID-19

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Two years ago Wednesday, the first case of a mysterious new respiratory disease was discovered in Wuhan, China. Now, the Omicron variant has deepened concerns about just how much longer the coronavirus pandemic will last.

The big picture: More than 5 million people have died since that first case. Most people on earth have lived through some form of lockdown. 54% of the global population has had at least one vaccination, though the shots have been distributed unevenly.