Updated May 2, 2019

Venezuela crisis: Guaidó calls for crippling strikes in bid to oust Maduro

Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó at a rally. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó called for nationwide, crippling strikes Thursday and for more mass demonstrations, as clashes with Maduro regime forces continued into the night.

The latest: Guaidó told Fox Business Network’s "'Trish Regan Primetime" Wednesday he's "very close" to his goal of toppling President Nicolás Maduro, but AP reports his call for a widespread military uprising had yet to materialize, as street clashes continued across Venezuela into the night.

Details: Fox Business host Trish Regan asked Guaidó about concerns the escalating violence could lead to civil war. He said through a translator Venezuela was no longer polarized and "between 91 and 95 percent of our population wants change."

What he's saying: President Trump told the show the U.S. was doing everything it could "short of ... the ultimate" to help Venezuelans, who've been suffering amid crippling sanctions. Regan pressed him to elaborate on options open to the U.S., but Trump said he didn't like to mention them "because they’re pretty tough."

The other side: Maduro said he said he'd have no hesitation in imprisoning "a handful of traitors" believed responsible for stirring up an opposition to his government.

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In photos: Deadly Storm Dennis lashes U.K., Ireland and western France

A family is rescued from a property in Nantgarw, Wales, on Sunday. The storm comes a week after the U.K. was battered by storm Ciara, which killed two people, per the BBC. Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Storm Dennis continued to pummel parts of England, Wales and Ireland over Sunday night with heavy rain after battering Northern Ireland and Scotland, per the official British weather agency the Met Office.

Why it matters: It's the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean, with its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains that caused widespread flooding across the U.K., the Washington Post notes. Police in Wales confirmed Sunday they found the body of a man who fell into a river as the storm lashed Ystradgynlais.

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Sanders accuses Bloomberg of trying to "buy" the 2020 election

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg. Photos: Drew Angerer; Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders tore into 2020 rival Michael Bloomberg at a Las Vegas campaign event Saturday, saying the billionaire and former New York mayor is trying to "buy the presidency" by paying millions of dollars in advertising.

Why it matters: Bloomberg has surged in national polling recently, having poured millions of dollars into campaign ads largely targeting Trump. His candidacy has become an obvious foil for Sanders, whose grassroots campaign railing against billionaires and the establishment has vaulted him to front-runner status.

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Coronavirus cases rise, as more Americans on cruise confirmed ill

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

A U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining U.S. citizens without symptoms are being evacuated.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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