Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has broken off relations with the U.S. After it recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim leader.

Mr Maduro gave U.S. Diplomats 72 hours to leave the country but the U.S. Said the former president no longer had the authority to order them out.

Mr Guaidó had declared himself president during mass protests.The U.S has urged the military to back Mr Guaidó, but so far it has remained loyal to Mr Maduro.Thousands of Venezuelans attended a rally in support of Mr Guaidó, who is the head of the national assembly.

He told the cheering crowd that protests would continue until Venezuela is liberated.He called on the armed forces to disobey the government.Venezuelan NGOs said that 14 people were shot dead during these protests.