Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Photo: Orhan Karsli / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) announced a decision to delay its presidential elections — scheduled for April 22 — to May, as part of an agreement between the government and some opposition parties, the BBC reports. The new date hasn't been finalized.

Why it matters: Presidential contests are traditionally held in Venezuela in December, but the CNE announced last month that a snap election would be held in April after negotiations between the ruling Socialist Party and opposition politicians broke down. Per the BBC, critics believe that the move was an attempt to further divide an already-splintered opposition coalition to give President Nicolás Maduro an electoral advantage.

The backdrop: Maduro is running for a second six-year term. His tenure thus far has been marred by economic crises, food shortages and civil unrest, forcing thousands to flee the country. Concerns over Maduro's rule have prompted the Trump administration to consider whether to impose restrictions on Venezuelan crude oil exports and the exportation of U.S. refined products to the country.

  • Meanwhile, it's immediately unclear whether any opposition politicians will even run against Maduro. The main Democratic Unity coalition — Maduro's main opposition — launched a boycott of the vote following the snap election announcement. But Henri Falcón, an opposition member and former governor of Venezuela's Lara State, has announced his decision to run.

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China says U.S. is "endangering peace" with high-level visit to Taiwan

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during a June briefing in Washington, DC. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday night he will lead a delegation to Taiwan "in the coming days."

Why it matters: It's the highest-level visit by a U.S. cabinet official to Taiwan since 1979. Azar is also the first U.S. Cabinet member to visit the island state in six years. The visit has angered China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory. Chinese officials accused the U.S. Wednesday of "endangering peace" with the visit, AFP reports.

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At least 100 killed, 4,000 injured after massive explosion rocks Beirut

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: At least 100 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured in the blast — and the death toll is likely to rise, the Lebanese Red Cross said, per AP. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years.