Millions of Venezuelans have joined a general strike called by the opposition as pressure mounts on President Nicolás Maduro to cancel elections for a new constituent assembly.

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It seems that every few years, there are end-of-the-world predictions that fail to materialize, much to the embarrassment of the false seers who spread and promote them. However, there is a growing sentiment among eschatologists, biblical scholars and even some secular groups that the world is in for a significant and potentially catastrophic change on or around September 23, 2015.