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JEFF J. MITCHELL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William has revealed how he felt walking behind his mother's casket in a new BBC documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death.

"It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, that walk," William, 35, said in “Diana, 7 Days,” which airs on Aug. 27. "It felt she was almost walking along beside us to get us through it."

William's brother, Prince Harry, recalled being consoled by members of the public and being struck by the fact that they, too, were grieving for his mother in their own way.

"I remember people’s hands were wet because of the tears they had just wiped away," Harry, 32, shared.

William and Harry were just 15 and 12, respectively, when their mother died at the age of 36 in a Paris car crash on Aug. 31, 1997.

William, now a father of two young children, and Harry walked behind their mother's coffin as the procession made its way through the streets of London on Sept. 6, 1997. They were accompanied in the procession by their father, Prince Charles, and their grandfather, Prince Philip, in addition to Lord Charles Spencer, Diana's brother.

At one point during the procession, Spencer could be seen patting Harry on the back, appearing to give him emotional support.

"My mother had just died and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television," Harry told Newsweek magazine in an interview published in July. "I don't think any child should be asked to do that under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."

"Diana, 7 Days," which airs four days before the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, includes tributes from many people who have rarely opened up since Diana's death, including her brother, Spencer, and sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

McCorquodale talked about the lasting impact of Diana's death, saying, "My sister's dying has provoked this national, international reaction."

William and Harry have organized several tributes to their mother this year, including a special sunken garden at Kensington Palace and a fashion exhibit that chronicles Diana's life and includes some of her most iconic dresses.

William and Harry have also spent the last year campaigning for mental health awareness through their charity, the Heads Together Foundation. They shared for the first time publicly their own struggles as a result of their mother's death.

Harry told the U.K.'s The Telegraph in April he "shut down all [his] emotions” for almost two decades due to the grief over Diana's death.

He also described feeling completely overwhelmed having to live his life so publicly.

"I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” said Harry, who credited William with encouraging him to seek mental health support to help him deal with his anger and pain.

William, who has generally been more guarded in sharing his emotions, has taken over as royal patron of his mother's charity, Child Bereavement UK, which seeks to help families struggling with the loss of a family member.

It is unclear how William and Harry will spend the 20th anniversary of Diana's death.

In July, on what would have been Diana's 56th birthday, William and Harry joined family members at a re-dedication service at their mother's grave at Althorp House on the Spencer estate in Northamptonshire.

William also recently reflected on how he hopes to keep his mother's memory alive for his two children, 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte, with his wife, Princess Kate.

"I think constantly talking about Granny Diana, so we've got more photos up around the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff," William said in a documentary that aired last month. "And it's hard because obviously Catherine didn't know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail."

He continued. "So I do regularly, putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in in their lives, and so it's important that they know who she was and that she existed."

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Josep Lago/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) -- A police operation is underway the Spanish town of Cambrils, about 90 minutes south of Barcelona, after a "possible terrorist attack," local officials said Thursday evening. Althought the operation is active, police said it is "under control."

Four people were killed in the incident and one person was wounded and detained, Catalan police said. Although the police operation is ongoing, the situation is "under control," police said.

On Twitter, police said that they "have killed the alleged perpetrators." Catalan police told ABC News that they believe the incident in Cambrils to be related to a separate attack in Barcelona earlier Thursday.

"We work on the hypothesis that the terrorists killed in Cambrils would be related to the events in Barcelona and Alcanar," police said. Alcanar is the location of the earlier deadly house explosion that police said was believed to be connected to the Barcelona plot.

Also, Catalunya’s Emergency Services confirmed that in addition to the terrorists, six people were injured, two of them seriously. One police officer was also injured.

At least 13 people died and more than 100 were injured after a van slammed into pedestrians in a busy tourist section of Barcelona's Las Ramblas district

Two individuals have been detained, police said. One person is a Spanish national from Melilla and the other is from Morocco.

Neither of those detained was the driver of the van, police said.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Las Ramblas attack via its Amaq agency, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

Catalonia's emergency services advised the community to "stay home" and "avoid going out."

Police have connected the incident to a house explosion in Alcanar, Spain, Wednesday night. The explosion, which caused part of the building to collapse, killed one person and injured others, police said.

The two people who were arrested were detained in the same town as the house explosion, authorities said.

Police described a separate incident in which a car trying to get past a Barcelona checkpoint hit an officer and another person, police said. The incident killed one person and broke the officer's leg, police said.

A man inside the car was shot by police, authorities said, but they did not confirm whether the incident was connected to the attack in Las Ramblas.

A spokesperson for the Guardia Civil, Spain’s national police force, told ABC News the man who rented the van has been identified as Driss Oukabir. Police confirmed that Oukabir is one of the detained individuals.

An eyewitness told a Spanish television station that the driver of the van ran people over for nearly 1,000 feet before fleeing into a nearby Turkish restaurant.

The witness said the suspect had something in his hand but he could not tell what it was.

Police said there is no proof that the man who left the car was armed but described the incident as a terror attack that attempted to kill as many people as possible.

Some of the injured went to the hospital on their own, said Catalonia's interior minister, Joaquim Forn, said in a press conference Thursday night. The number of dead and injured victims could go up, Forn said.

Authorities are in the process of identifying the deceased, he said.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy expressed solidarity with the victims and their families, describing the attack as "jihadist terrorism."

Those responsible for the attack will be brought to justice, Rajoy said, stressing that the response to the terrorism needs to be global.

Barcelona residents are suffering "the same pain and the same uncertainty" as their neighbors in Madrid, Paris, Nice, Brussels and London, Rajoy said.

Forn declared three days of mourning, and a moment of silence will be held on Friday at noon local time at the Plaza de Catalunya, Forn said. The king of Spain, Felipe VI, will be present for the moment of silence, the palace's official Twitter account announced.


El Rey estará hoy en la plaza de Cataluña de Barcelona para unirse al minuto de silencio en solidaridad con las víctimas del atentado.

— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) August 17, 2017


Las Ramblas is a popular tourist area in Spain's second-largest city and was filled people at the time of the attack, police said. Catalan police ordered an evacuation of the area.

Emergency services for the Catalonia region, of which Barcelona is the capital, posted tweets in multiple languages advising individuals to use social media to inform relatives of their whereabouts.


#Barcelona #Rambles If you are ok, please Inform your family using social networks to avoid the collapse of phone lines

— 112 (@112) August 17, 2017


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David Ramos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An attacker killed at least 13 people and injured dozens more in Barcelona on Thursday using what has become a hallmark of recent terror attacks: a vehicle.

Local police say a rented van jumped the curb and plowed into pedestrians in the city’s famous Las Ramblas tourist area, and two people, one from Morocco, the other a Spanish national, are in custody in connection with the attack. Authorities say neither of them was the driver of the vehicle.

Asked if the driver remains on the loose, a Catalonia police official replied, “That is right. He is neither of the two detained.”

For more than a year, ISIS has urged its followers to carry out such vehicle attacks, even providing specific instructions on choosing the ideal vehicle and the ideal targets, including large outdoor festivals and pedestrian-congested streets.

According to John Cohen, the former principal deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the Department of Homeland Security and an ABC News contributor, attacks on so-called “soft targets” are difficult to prevent and relatively easy to carry out.

“ISIS promotes these types of attacks because they're easy,” Cohen told ABC News. “You can take people who have received no training, who are using items that are easy to acquire. And they can still commit mass murder.”

Thursday’s attack is the just the latest in a string of deadly incidents throughout Europe in which terrorists have drawn from that playbook, using vehicles to inflict casualties.
In August of last year, 86 people were killed on by a speeding truck driven by an ISIS follower in Nice, France. In December, 12 people killed in a vehicle attack on the Christmas markets in Berlin. And 14 people were killed in two separate incidents in London this year, one on the Westminster Bridge and the other on the London Bridge.

According to the SITE Intelligence Group, ISIS took responsibility for the Barcelona attack, calling those involved “soldiers of the Islamic state” in a statement released by its ‘Amaq News Agency
“Security source for ‘Amaq Agency: The executors of the Barcelona attack were from the soldiers of the Islamic State, and the operation came in response to calls to target coalition states,” the message reads.

U.S.-backed fighters have recently driven ISIS militants from their strongholds in Raqqa and Mosul. As ISIS continues to struggle on the battlefield, Cohen says, the group could increasingly turn to these kinds of attacks.

“We have seen a dramatic increase in attacks by individuals who are inspired by ISIS or are loosely connected to ISIS in Europe and even in the U.S.,” Cohen told ABC News. “As ISIS suffers more defeats in Iraq and Syria we can only expect to see more attacks.”

The events in Barcelona have put American law enforcement officials on high alert for similar attacks, especially in New York, where the challenge of protecting the city’s many popular pedestrian walkways, like Times Square, is particularly daunting.

Nicholas Casale, a retired NYPD detective, former deputy director of counterterrorism for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and an ABC News contributor, said preventing a similar attack in Times Square would be extremely difficult.

“You can put up concrete barriers, you can have cameras all over the place and officers with heavy weapons, but the bottom line is Times Square, 7th Avenue, is filled with traffic, and if you have just one operator who has a sympathy, who is a lone wolf, who is an independent actor, it’s all but impossible to stop them from crashing into a crowd,” Casale told ABC News.
James Waters, the NYPD’s chief of counterterrorism, said his office is ready to meet the challenge.

“We consider NYC a target all the time,” Waters told ABC News. “We’re always ready and prepared to responds to anything that we face. We know that we’re in the crosshairs of the terrorists all the time.”

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JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) -- A tourist who witnessed the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday that left at least 13 dead and more than 50 injured, told ABC News he saw a driver "knocking people over at high-speed."

In the incident local police called a "terror attack," a van slammed into pedestrians near Catalunya Square in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district, a busy tourist area.

Brendon Sissing told ABC News he heard screams of people to his left, and when he looked up, he saw a white van driving at what he estimated to be 50 to 60 miles per hour down a pedestrian walkway.

The van knocked people over, and some people were under the van, but the driver "just kept going," Sissing said.

The driver stopped opposite to where Sissing was standing, he said, and then the driver kept going.
Sissing ran into a shop, he said. When he left, he heard about five gunshots, so he ran into a second building where construction workers took him in.

One witness told a Spanish television station that after the suspect ran over people in his van for nearly 1,000 feet, the suspect fled into a nearby Turkish restaurant.

Police said one man is in custody in connection with the attack.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered condolences for the "loss of life and injuries" of "so many innocent people, yet again."

Tillerson said this incident has "the hallmarks, it appears, of yet another terrorist attack."

To terrorists around the world, Tillerson said, we are "resolved to find you and bring you to justice."

Tillerson added that the U.S. stands ready to assist authorities in Barcelona.

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Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump tweeted a condemnation of the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday.


The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

A van drove into pedestrians on a boulevard and public square popular with tourists in Barcelona earlier in the day on Thursday, leaving at least 13 people dead and 50 more injured. Law enforcement in the city labeled the incident an act of terror.

The president faced criticism over the weekend for not labeling a similar incident in Charlottesville, Virginia as "terrorism." In Virginia, one woman died and 19 were injured when a car drove into a crowd during protests in the city.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told ABC News Monday, that that incident met "the definition of domestic terrorism."

Trump's tweet follows comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who offered U.S. condolences and assistance in remarks earlier Thursday.

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Josep Lago(WASHINGTON) -- As an attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday killed at least one person and left at least 32 injured, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered condolences for the "loss of life and injuries" of "so many innocent people, yet again."

In the incident local police called a "terror attack," a van slammed into pedestrians near Catalunya Square in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district, a busy tourist area. An eyewitness told a Spanish television station that the suspect ran over people in his van for nearly 1,000 feet before fleeing into a nearby Turkish restaurant.

Two people have been detained, police said

Tillerson said this incident has "the hallmarks, it appears, of yet another terrorist attack."

ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack.

To terrorists around the world, Tillerson said, we are "resolved to find you and bring you to justice."

Tillerson added that the U.S. stands ready to assist authorities in Barcelona.

President Donald Trump condemned the attack in a tweet, encouraging Spain to "be tough and strong" and saying the U.S. "will do whatever is necessary to help."

The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that he is "sickened" by the "horrific" attack and that the U.S. vows to work with allies "to find those responsible & bring to justice."

Sickened by horrific terror attack in Barcelona. U.S. will work w/ allies to find those responsible & bring to justice. Praying for victims.

— Vice President Pence (@VP) August 17, 2017

Pence said today while on a trip to Panama, "Whatever inspired today's terror attack, the United States stands ready to assist the people of Spain and find and punish those responsible.

"On this dark day," Pence added, "our prayers and the prayers of all the American people are with the victims, their families and the good people of Spain."

First lady Melania Trump also offered her condolences, tweeting, "Thoughts and prayers to #Barcelona."

Thoughts and prayers to #Barcelona

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 17, 2017

Former President Barack Obama tweeted, "Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends."

Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrazo.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 17, 2017

Flags have been lowered to half-staff at the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., in memory of the victims. 

The athletic department at Clemson University in South Carolina wrote on Twitter that its men's basketball program is in Barcelona, but the entire travel party is "safe and secure" and is expected to return to Clemson on Friday.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona and those injured at this time," the Clemson athletic department added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(JILIB, Somalia) -- The U.S. conducted three airstrikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia, killing seven fighters, U.S. Africa Command confirmed Thursday.

The strikes, which took place over the past two days, occurred in Jilib, about 200 miles southwest of Mogadishu.

"U.S. forces work closely with Somali military forces against al-Shabaab in Somalia to degrade the al-Qaeda affiliate's ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in the United States," U.S. Africa Command said in a statement on Thursday.

Al-Shabaab has been an al-Qaeda affiliate since 2012. It has been designated as a terrorist organization by a number of nations, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

According to a U.S. official, one strike against the group was conducted in self-defense after a group of armed al-Shabaab fighters posed an imminent threat to Somali-led and U.S. forces, leading the U.S. to conduct the strike to neutralize the threat.

The other two strikes were conducted under a new authorization granted by President Trump in March that allows for offensive airstrikes against al-Shabaab if prior notification is given to the Somali government.

Before the new authorization was granted, the U.S. military could only carry out defensive airstrikes against al-Shabaab in situations where Somali troops and their U.S. advisers came under fire.

These air strikes bring the total number directed under the new offensive policy to seven.

Last week, the U.S. confirmed two additional offensive strikes against al-Shabaab fighters. Three other offensive strikes were carried out in June and July.

"Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorists," U.S. Africa Command said in its statement. "We continue to work in coordination with our Somali partners and allies to systematically dismantle al-Shabaab and help achieve stability and security throughout the region."

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The South American country has been mired in an economic, political and humanitarian crisis that has spilled into the streets, with almost daily protests affecting the lives of 30 million people who either participate in them or are forced to navigate through roadblocks and debris.

In cities and towns across the country, people have come out by the thousands since early April to protest a government many no longer recognize as legitimate.

Since then, the streets of the capital, Caracas, have become the backdrop for a deadly battle of wills between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and a coalition of opposition groups intent on ousting him.

Maduro has called the protests a violent attempt to overthrow his government. But behind the protests are a large number of Venezuelans who feel they've reached a breaking point. The shortage of basic goods, skyrocketing inflation and what they call the repression by government forces have all contributed to the opposition's desire to see Maduro and his government replaced.

Also at stake is control of the country's vast oil reserves and an economy that, once strong, has descended into chaos as inflation soars to triple digits and the value of the currency plummets, according to analyses by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

At least 124 people have been killed, and thousands more have been injured, according to an August report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Government security forces and pro-government armed groups, called colectivos, are behind at least 73 of those deaths, according to the report, which adds, "It is unclear who the perpetrators in the remaining deaths may be."

For Claudia Vivas, a 29-year-old mother living in Caracas, the violence of the protests and the government's response to them have added to an already hard life.

"They're massacring us," Vivas told ABC News in Spanish. "I've breathed in tear gas like you don't have any idea. I've never been hit, thank God. Neither me nor my husband has been hit, but we've breathed in that gas."

"I've seen rubber bullets fly right by me and hit people next to me," she added.

A country in crisis

Witnesses to the clashes as well as international human rights groups and regional organizations monitoring the situation have said that Venezuelan security forces have been firing tear gas canisters and buckshot at short range and using marbles, nuts and bolts as ammunition against anti-government demonstrators. In addition to the U.N. findings last month, reports from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have told of these repression techniques, which the groups say are aimed at injuring protesters.

Alfredo Romero is the director of Foro Penal Venezolano, a Venezuelan legal aid group that documents human rights abuses and represents people who have been detained at demonstrations. He told ABC News the detentions have added to the calamity in a country that already had more than 670 political prisoners, many of them students and other young people, according to the group.

Of the approximately 5,300 people detained in this year's protests, about 650 — the majority of them civilians — have been tried in military court, according to Romero. Foro Penal Venezolano's work has been certified by the Organization of American States.

Venezuela's Ministry of Information did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment on these allegations.

Detainees say that beatings, sexual abuse and torture are common, and there are numerous allegations that the government planted evidence and denied detainees legal representation, Romero said.

"Speaking about the law here, it's nonsensical. Here, you talk about what the government wants to do, who they want to jail and who they want to free," Romero said. "Behind all this, there's a great policy of fear that's hard to understand when you don't live it. This is a regime that has stayed in power through fear."

Venezuela's unraveling has been a long and painful one. Lines for food get longer as food gets scarcer; diseases become deadlier as medical supplies wane. A meltdown of government institutions has consolidated power around Maduro's party and served to criminalize dissent, the Organization of American States, an international body made up of 35 countries from the Americas, said in its July report on the country's crisis. Earlier this month, a National Constituent Assembly was elected to rewrite the country's constitution. The opposition chose to boycott the elections, which many world leaders denounced.

Assembly members were tasked with writing a new constitution to stop what they called the imperial aggression from the fascist groups against the government, Fernando Soto Rojas, a pro-government politician elected to the assembly, said in a live broadcast of the swearing-in ceremony. Maduro and his government blame the country's woes on an economic war being waged by the political opposition, the private sector and foreign powers.

Economic woes

Oil is the country's main industry, and Venezuela's oil production has plummeted to its lowest levels since oil prices started to crash in 2014, according to an OPEC report released in July.

"[Even] when Chavez was alive, things started to get worse," Vivas said, referring to the country's President Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer on March 5, 2013. "But I can assure you, things were better with Chavez than what we have now with Maduro."

From 1999 to 2013, Chavez led the country and developed a number of oil-subsidized social programs aimed at helping the poor. His supporters were known as Chavistas, and after he died, his vice president, Maduro, took over. Maduro was elected president after defeating opposition candidate Henrique Capriles less than six weeks after Chavez's death.

But as oil prices stay under $50 a barrel, Venezuelans are bearing the brunt of their country's lack of money for imports and the corruption involved in distributing food. The Chavez-built social programs have grown too costly for Maduro's cash-strapped government.

"Venezuelans are living — it's sad to say — they are living to eat," Vivas said. "I often prefer, just like my husband, to not eat but to make sure my children have their meals."

"Economists project that by the end of 2017, the Venezuelan economy will have shrunk by around 30 percent in three years," reads a report from the International Crisis Group, a nongovernmental organization that carries out field research on violent conflict. The population living below the poverty line is growing fast, the group said.

The Venezuelan government has set price limits for some basic goods, including personal hygiene products and many food items. As supply decreases, black market prices for those products have soared — hitting Venezuelans hard.

"You cannot fall sick. You cannot be injured. You cannot even suffer a stomachache," Vivas said. "You also depend on the harvest. If there's mango harvest, you eat only mangoes. If there's tangerine harvest, you eat only tangerines."

For Vivas — who lives in a working-class neighborhood in Caracas with her two young children, her husband and her aging father — finding food is a struggle often tainted by politics. In theory, her family should get food from the local provision and production committees (abbreviated CLAP in Spanish), but Vivas told ABC News that organizers informed her she had been taken off the census for CLAP-supplied food bags because she supports the opposition.

Maduro's government started the CLAP program to distribute food in the country. Venezuelans looking for food need to sign up for CLAP and pay a monthly fee to get bags of often hard-to-find products, which are distributed by the military. Sometimes the bags include noodles, flour and oil — now prized staples in a Venezuelan diet that has become more restricted, according to Vivas.

The family now relies on her father's food bag. He still has access to it because, unlike Vivas, he supports the government. The bag lasts four days for the five of them.

"Once we have consumed the food from the bag, things change because we have to wait 21 days — sometimes 31 — and the bag doesn't come. So we have to buy on the black market, or a friend of ours tells us where there's food available, and we try to help one another," Vivas said. "You'll find a price today, and tomorrow it will be another. The amount is never accurate, what we are sure of is that it's not enough."

Raising two children is a struggle for her.

"I want my children to have what I couldn't, but in this economy, I think they will have much less than what I did," she said.

Zero hour

This is not the first time Venezuelans have taken to the streets to protest Maduro. Demonstrations in 2014 also calling for his resignation left dozens of people dead, many others injured and several opposition leaders jailed.

By late 2015, the opposition had won a majority in the National Assembly, the country's legislature.

But by 2016, the government-aligned Supreme Court curtailed the National Assembly's powers, calling its resolutions unconstitutional — including one to speed up the recall referendum process in order to oust Maduro.

Efforts to hold a recall referendum that year were squashed, and that, along with a restricted legislature and worsening economic and humanitarian crises, resulted in this year's waves of protests, which many among the opposition have called Venezuela's "hora cero" (zero hour) — the breaking point, when the Maduro government must go.

Cynthia Arnson, the director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., said the Supreme Court's 2016 decision was a turning point in what she called Maduro's move toward a dictatorial regime.

"Once he saw he could lose power through an election, he has curtailed all the institutional mechanisms that handle the electoral system," she told ABC News. "Now that they see that they're going to lose elections, they're putting away any means to do them."

But Alexander Main, a senior associate for international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, disagreed.

"The only thing [the opposition] seems to be able to agree on is that the government needs to go," he said. "They're not very persuasive to the general population as a viable alternative to the government, so even if a lot of people are disenchanted with the government, they don't have much confidence in the opposition at all."

Splintered opposition leadership has given rise to small pockets of radicalism, as people grow frustrated with the government's repression of the protests and the lack of change.

Armed with Molotov cocktails, rocks and makeshift shields, groups of opposition protesters have waged war on security forces, throwing tear gas canisters back at the national guard and hurling rocks at pro-government groups. More radical opposition factions were responsible for a July 30 bombing in Caracas that injured seven members of the national guard.

"There are numerous examples historically in Latin America where the closing off of any peaceful means for political means radicalizes the opposition and leads some people to embrace violence, and that is happening as well in Venezuela," Arnson said. "There's a small group of people who say, 'We can't just continue to go into the streets and have people killed at point blank … We need to meet fire with fire.'"

Vivas, who said she went to the demonstrations every day for almost a month, is fearful. While she said the violent groups among the protesters are small, she needs to put her children first.

"I want to fight for my country. I want to fight for my children. But to be killed or hit by a rubber bullet or get hurt from that — that scares me a lot," she said.

The fact that the opposition is a coalition of parties united only in their discontent with the government has failed to reassure many.

"There's a great deal of jockeying for position in terms of who is the leader of the opposition. There are a number of personalities that are important that have had a hard time speaking in one voice," Arnson said.

An uncertain future

Venezuela's turmoil has garnered international attention and provoked fiery rhetoric, such as when President Donald Trump said U.S. military intervention in the country was on the table.

The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuelan government officials it believes are linked to international drug trafficking and human rights violations, including Vice President Tarek El-Aissami and several government ministers.

For the first time since Maduro's election in 2013, the majority of countries in the Organization of American States have issued strong condemnations of his government. Although OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro has called Maduro's efforts to sew up power "treason" against the Venezuelan people, the organization has failed to pass any resolutions against the Venezuelan government.

International pressure can do only so much. It's a combination of internal dynamics and external factors that bring about change, Arnson said.

Attempts at formal dialogue between the Maduro government and the opposition — often brokered by former world leaders or other neutral parties — have so far proved fruitless.

Late last year the Vatican tried to mediate talks between leaders from both sides without success.

Opposition leaders and other critics of the Venezuelan government, including Arnson, maintain that dialogue just buys Maduro time.

Four months into the protests and with a new, powerful Constituent Assembly working to rewrite the constitution, it seems that possible solutions to the Venezuelan crisis are growing scarcer.

"The only alternative to dialogue is civil war," Main said. "Because the situation has reached such a gravity, there's kind of an opportunity now."

The Venezuelan military could prove an important factor in determining the country's future.

"The principal arbiter of power will be the armed forces — the extent to which people in the military are no longer willing to go into the streets and repress opposition protesters," Arnson said. "The splintering of the armed forces would create a moment in which negotiations once again become viable. It's those kinds of cracks in the Chavista movement that can contribute to more dramatic change."

For her part, Vivas said only Venezuelans can resolve this crisis.

"Something needs to really happen, because if we don't end up shooting each other dead, we'll starve to death, or we'll die from an illness for which you can't find medicines," Vivas said. "International help — I think we should just forget about that. We're going to have to do our own dirty laundry here."

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Twitter/@CTVMontreal(MONTREAL) -- Not all Confederate statues and monuments are in the South -– or even the United States.

On Tuesday, Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company -- which also owns Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue -- removed a plaque dedicated to Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its downtown Montreal store.

Hudson's Bay Company spokeswoman Tiffany Bourre confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday night that the plaque was removed but declined to comment what promoted its removal. According to to ABC News' Canadian partner, CTV News, Montrealers expressed their dissatisfaction with the plaque in light of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last weekend and contacted the retailer demanding its removal.

Bay remove plaque mentioning Confederate leader Jefferson Davis

— CTV Montreal (@CTVMontreal) August 16, 2017

Davis, a slave owner, was sent to prison following the Confederates' defeat in the Civil War. After his release from prison, he relocated to Montreal and lived in a home where the department store now stands.

The plaque was installed in 1957 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, according to CTV News.

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Stocktrek Images/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- An American service member has been killed in eastern Afghanistan as part of an operation against the ISIS affiliate in that country.

"One U.S. service member has died as a result of wounds suffered Wednesday during a partnered operation with U.S. and Afghan Forces in Eastern Afghanistan," said a statement from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

"U.S and Afghan forces were also injured during the operation aimed at further reducing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan presence in Afghanistan," the statement continued. "The wounded personnel have been medically evacuated for treatment.

"Next of kin notifications are underway," added the statement. "More information will be released as appropriate"

Two U.S. soldiers were killed on Aug. 2 in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, while four others were injured in the attack. Specialist Christopher Harris, 25, and Sgt. Jonathon Hunter, 23, both with the 82nd Airborne Division, were killed when their convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber.

The death of the American service member on Wednesday is the tenth this year. In 2016, nine American service members total were killed in action.

There are 8,400 American troops serving in Afghanistan advising and assisting the Afghan military in the fight against the Taliban and ISIS-Khorasan.

The fight against ISIS in eastern Afghanistan has grown in intensity over the past year as the Afghan military has carried out multiple offensive operations against the ISIS affiliate.

The Trump administration is currently discussing a new South Asia strategy that wraps up the U.S. military role in Afghanistan.

While there is the possibility the administration could send as many as 3,900 additional troops to Afghanistan, no decision has been made pending a strategic decision from Trump about the future U.S. military role in that country.

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the administration was "very close" to a decision about a new strategy and that all options were on the table, including the complete withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The top U.S. trade negotiator says that the United States won't settle for cosmetic changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement as negotiations to rework terms of the pact began.

President Donald Trump has called the 23-year-old trade pact the "worst" in history.

In a statement Wednesday, U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer said that Trump "is not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and an updating of a few chapters. We believe NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement."

Lighthizer's comments suggest the negotiations could prove contentious. The Canadian and Mexican negotiators defended NAFTA as an economic success story but acknowledged it needs to be updated to reflect economic and technological changes.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) -- Despite the fiery rhetoric coming from both President Donald Trump and North Korean officials, as well as concerns over the country’s recent advances in missile technology, experts maintain that nuclear war is not what Kim Jong-Un wants. Rather, experts say what Kim is searching for can be summed up in one word: survival.

“This is not a man who wants to go to war with the United States,” Jonathan Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who focuses on Northeast Asian studies, told ABC News.

“[The North Koreans] were not going to strike first because they know the risks if they did launch some kind of missile attack," Pollack said, adding that those risks include Trump deciding to put North Korea "out of business."

While statements were being hurled back and forth by both Trump and Kim last week, Scott Snyder, a senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told ABC News that "what we know of Kim Jong-Un is that he wants to survive."

Steve Ganyard, an ABC News aviation contributor and retired Marine Corps colonel, agreed: "Kim Jong-Un is a rational man, so the whole goal is regime survival."

“He's learned the lesson of Saddam [Hussein] and Muammar [Gaddafi]," Ganyard said. "He's never going to give up his nukes, so I think at some point we go back to Cold War-style deterrence and containment the way we did with the Soviet Union successfully," Ganyard added.

That would bring relations with the U.S. back to the status quo, but not change things much on the ground in North Korea.

"It will remain a standoff unless we can ratchet up the economic sanctions to the point that it begins to cripple the North Korean economy," Ganyard said.

Pollack went further, saying that in addition to simply surviving as the country's leader, Kim “wants to be validated.”

“He presides over one of the most misbegotten regimes in the world that has an economy one fortieth the size of South Korea's,” Pollack said of Kim. “He is trying to claim that he is now on a level playing field with the most powerful state in the world, so he does this through an over-commitment to military programs."

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Mark Reinstein/Corbis Via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that ISIS has committed genocide.

"ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against Yezidis, Christians, and Shiia Muslims," Tillerson told reporters gathered in the State Department's Treaty Room, adding that his statement should "remove any ambiguity from previous statements or reports by the State Department."

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Twitter/@mahatmat(FREETOWN, Sierra Leone) -- At least 312 people have been killed and 700 others are missing in the wake of heavy flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone, a Red Cross spokesperson told ABC News. An estimated 3,000 people had their homes swept away in the disaster, and those numbers could still rise, the Red Cross said.

A hillside on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown collapsed Monday morning after a night of heavy rain, sweeping away houses and turning roads into rivers. Many people were asleep at the time of the landslide, which happened around 6:30 a.m. local time, and aid organizations fear that many may still be trapped in their homes.

“In places, entire communities seem to have been washed away and whatever is left is covered in mud,” Abdul Nasir, program coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said in a statement.

The Red Cross said that its volunteers have rescued 71 people from the mud and rubble so far.

#SierraLeoneMudSlide update: #RedCross volunteers helped free 71 ppl from mud & debris. Situation remains grim. More announcements to come.

— Matthew Cochrane (@mahatmat) August 15, 2017

“Although a full picture of the damage is still emerging, reports indicate that the situation in and around Freetown is extremely serious,” Alex Carle, director of international programs at the British Red Cross, said in a statement. “At least a hundred houses have been affected, some of which have been completely submerged."

He added that he is concerned about the increased risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid after the flooding.

Save the Children said that one of their staff members and his young children are among the missing. His house was buried during the flooding.

“We were driving on the main road out of Freetown past Regent when a lady ran onto the road and started gesticulating wildly. She called out to another lady who had been riding a bike in front of us who, after a brief conversation, started crying and looked very upset,” Ramatu Jalloh, a worker with Save the Children who was near the scene of the flooding, said in a statement.

“It was clear from their reactions that something terrible had happened. Soon afterward, another man ran towards our car. He was crying about the number of lives that had been lost," Jalloh added.

Dozens of children are likely to have lost their lives in the flooding, according to Save the Children.

The U.N. Secretary-General "is saddened by the deaths and devastation" caused by the mudslide, his spokesman said in a statement.

The Secretary-General is saddened by the deaths & devastation caused by the mudslide & flooding in Sierra Leone

— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) August 14, 2017

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) -- Kim Jong Un was briefed by a North Korean general on the country's plan to launch missiles toward Guam, according to South Korea's largest news agency, but the combative leader appeared to pause the heated rhetoric, saying he would watch "stupid American behavior for a bit longer."

"Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present," reads a translated statement by Yonhap, attributed to KCNA, the state news agency of North Korea.

The war planning came during the leader's visit on Monday to the the headquarters of Strategy Division of the North Korea's People's Army where he reportedly met with General Kim Rak Gyom. While there, Kim warned soldiers to stand ready to strike "at all times," according to the Yonhap report.

The order to his army was reportedly followed by more bluster but also a call for the U.S. to ease tensions.

"Dear Supreme Leader said that the Americans' reckless military confrontational behavior has ended up the U.S. trapping themselves with their own hands and are spending pathetic fate by weary minutes and seconds and that Dear Supreme Leader will watch such stupid American behavior for a bit longer,” KCNA said, according to Yonhap.

"The United States, which was the first to bring numerous strategic nuclear equipment near us, should first make the right decision and show through actions if they wish to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula and prevent a dangerous military clash," Kim was quoted as saying.

When the preparation for battle was complete, Kim decided to take a photo with his soldiers.

"Dear Supreme Leader took a commemorative photo with the soldiers, who welcomed the Dear Supreme Leader with utmost excitement, to whom the Dear Supreme Leader responded by waving at them," KCNA reported.

Pyongyang's saber rattling comes a week after the North Korean army declared it would complete an assault to launch four intermediate ballistic missiles near Guam by mid-August. And it's one day after the U.N. passed sanctions to devastate the region; China on Tuesday announced it would phase out supplying North Korea with crucial coal imports.

Kim's rhetoric on Monday came shortly after Secretary of Defense James Mattis harshly warned North Korea of considering any sort of aggression against the U.S.

"If they shoot at the United States, I'm assuming they've hit the United States. ... If they do that, then it's game on," he said.

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