New blackout affects large parts of Venezuela

CARACAS: A new blackout across large parts of Venezuela, including the capital Caracas, forced many to spend another night in the dark Tuesday, AFP and accounts published on social media said.

The electricity shortage -- the biggest in a week -- hit a large section of the capital as well as significant areas in 18 of the 23 states of Venezuela, according to the same sources.

It began at around 11.20 pm.