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  1. Venezuela Main Page
  2. The Hugo Chavez Era Begins
  3. Chavez Survives Referendum, Consolidates Power
  4. New Referendum Fails but Chavez is Undeterred
  5. New Challenges for Chavez at Home and Abroad
  6. Chavez Experiences Electoral Setback and Battles Health Issues
  7. Major League Baseball Player Kidnapped
  8. An End to the Monroe Doctrine?
  9. Chavez Wins 2012 Presidential Election
  10. Chavez Still Battling Cancer in Late 2012
  11. Chavez's New Term Begins Without Him
  12. Chavez Dies After a Long Battle with Cancer
  13. Protests Turn Violent in 2014
  14. Maduro Retaliates Against U.S. Sanctions
Maduro Retaliates Against U.S. Sanctions

During a rally at the presidential palace in Feb. 2015, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for a major decrease in the number of U.S. diplomats at the American Embassy. He also declared that from now on U.S. citizens would need visas to visit Venezuela. Maduro's actions were seen as retaliation for the sanctions that the U.S. government has imposed on government officials in Venezuela.

Maduro's speech came hours after four U.S. missionaries are released and leave the country. The missionaries had been held and questioned by Venezuelan authorities for four days.

See also Encyclopedia: Venezuela .
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes: Venezuela

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