Protest in Venezuela: A major opposition protest planned for September 1 could determine the political future of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro. Opposition leaders say they will take to the streets of the capital Caracas to insist that a vote to remove Maduro take place before January 10, after which a recall would leave the vice president in charge for the remainder of his term. Venezuela's electoral authority suggested early this month that, if a referendum on Maduro's rule were to take place at all, it would happen between January and March of next year. Maduro last week had 4,000 state employees who signed a petition in favor of the recall referendum removed from their posts. Just this weekend, an influential former opposition mayor who had been held under house arrest for more than a year was sent to prison, amid claims that he was "planning to instigate violence" during the protest.