US sending back diplomats pulled from Venezuela amid unrest

October 23, 2017

Children play in an inflatable swimming pool in the working class 23 de Enero neighborhood as it rains lightly in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration has approved the return to Venezuela of several U.S. government employees pulled from the country in July at the height of anti-government protests.

The guidance Monday came in the State Department’s latest travel warning in which it once again urged U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Venezuela over concerns about rampant crime, continued unrest and medicine shortages.

More than 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in daily demonstrations ahead of a July 30 referendum on rewriting Venezuela’s constitution that was boycotted by the opposition.

But since then the streets have calmed as the pro-government constitutional assembly has started its work and President Nicolas Maduro has consolidated his power by cracking down on opponents and helping allies pull off a surprise win in this month’s gubernatorial elections.

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