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Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido. Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

In a New York Times op-ed Wednesday, Venezuelan National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó, whom the U.S. and dozens of other countries have recognized as the country's interim president, called for unity among citizens and the international community to oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro with "the minimum of bloodshed."

Details: Guaidó wrote that Maduro has lost the public’s trust and support, and that even "the poorest neighborhoods that had been Chavista strongholds in the past took to the streets in unprecedented protests." He also stressed that the support of the military will be essentially to toppling Maduro, and that "the majority of those in service agree that the country’s recent travails are untenable." Venezuela's government-stacked Supreme Court has barred Guaidó from leaving the country and frozen his assets on Maduro's orders.

Go deeper: U.S. military threat looms over Venezuela's power struggle

Go deeper

1 hour ago - World

Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

Updated 2 hours ago - Economy & Business

S&P 500 on track for worst-ever start to year

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Stocks suffered their steepest drop of the year early Monday, putting the S&P 500 on course for its worst-ever start to a year.

Driving the news: The benchmark S&P 500 dropped for its fifth straight day, with losses nearing 3% in early trading, momentarily putting it on track to fall into a "correction." Some of the steepest losses were recovered in early afternoon trading.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
3 hours ago - Health

Health care workers hit new breaking point

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The ranks of health care workers are dwindling and stretching what it means to be reaching their "breaking points," particularly at small nonprofit hospitals.

The big picture: Even as Omicron cases have begun to wane in some places, many hospitals are still fielding a crush of patients amid record employee callouts.