Then there was a man who said he was waiting for his terminally ill wife to die before dating once more.

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During the 19th century, Venezuela suffered political turmoil and autocracy, remaining dominated by regional caudillos (military strongmen) until the mid-20th century.

Since 1958, the country has had a series of democratic governments.

Venezuela covers 916,445 km with habitats ranging from the Andes Mountains in the west to the Amazon Basin rain-forest in the south, via extensive llanos plains and Caribbean coast in the center and the Orinoco River Delta in the east.

The territory now known as Venezuela was colonized by Spain in 1522 amid resistance from indigenous peoples.

Darlene Daggett had high hopes of finding her ideal partner when she took out a "CEO level" membership with a dating service.

But the retired corporate executive with the QVC shopping channel, who spent 0,000 (£115,000) signing up with the company, was to be sorely disappointed.

We call for the government of Venezuela to permit the democratically-elected National Assembly to perform its constitutional functions, hold elections as soon as possible, and immediately release all political prisoners.

Rather than discarding Venezuela’s institutions of democratic decision-making, the Venezuelan government should live up to the commitments it made during the 2016 dialogue process, its obligations to its own people, and its undertakings under the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

"That could allow Venezuela to buy some time, or lower the level of oil prices needed to avoid a credit event in 2016," Barclays said.