Juan Pablo Guanipa is running for governor of the western Venezuelan state of Zulia, and as he campaigns in Maracaibo, the state capital, people complain of food shortages and hyperinflation. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Opposition Parties In Venezuela Prepare For Elections, Hoping They Will Come

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A bakery worker grabs a bags of bread in Caracas, Venezuela, last month. Venezuelan bakeries are the latest industry to find themselves in the cross-hairs of President Nicolas Maduros administration, as bread lines grow in the capital Caracas. The government has ordered bakers to use scarce supplies of flour to produce price-controlled loaves. Wil Riera/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela's Bread Wars: With Food Scarce, Government Accuses Bakers Of Hoarding

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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has been under criticism following a Supreme Court decision nullifying the country's opposition-run legislature. The court reversed that decision Saturday. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Venezuelan National Assembly President Julio Borges rips up a Supreme Court ruling allowing magistrates to take over congressional duties, during a news conference at the National Assembly in Caracas on Thursday. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Joshua Holt, who has been jailed in Venezuela, at her home in Riverton, Utah, in July 2016. "Eventually," she says, "he'll come home and we'll be able to go back to our normal lives. And I can stop crying every night." Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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For Utah Newlywed, An 'Egregious' Prison Stint In Venezuela

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Tarek El Aissami, then Venezuela's interior minister, holds a press conference in Caracas in April 2012. El Aissami became the country's vice president last month, and the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against him on Monday. Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Colombian actor Andres Parra (left) plays Hugo Chavez in the new telenovela, El Comandante. Manuel Rodriguez/Sony Pictures hide caption

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For Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, A Second Life On The Small Screen

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A Venezuelan soldier watches over cargo trucks leaving the port in Puerto Cabello, which handles the majority of the country's food imports. Across the chain of command, from high-level generals to the lowest foot soldiers, military officials are using their growing power over the food supply to siphon off wealth for themselves. Ricardo Nunes/AP hide caption

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As Venezuelans Go Hungry, The Military Is Trafficking In Food

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A man shows 100-Bolivar notes while crossing the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge, linking Urena, in Venezuela and Cucuta, in Colombia Saturday, despite the border closing order issued by the Venezuelan government. George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People wait at the border in Maicao, Colombia, just across from Venezuela. Venezuelans used to come to buy TVs, computers and other expensive goods. But with the Venezuelan economy in ruins, they now come to buy basic items like rice and sugar. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Venezuelans Used To Cross Borders For Luxuries; Now It's For Toilet Paper

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Lilian Tintori, wife of prominent jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, waves a Venezuelan flag during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Wednesday. Ronaldo Schemidt /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Riot police confront students opposed to President Nicolas Maduro's government in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on Monday. Pope Francis met with Maduro on Monday night to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Earlier this month in Caracas, Venezuela, people protested conditions set by electoral authorities for a recall referendum to go forward against President Nicolas Maduro. Alejandro Cegarra/AP hide caption

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A private entrepreneur who sells house and kitchen supplies waits for customers in May at his home in Havana. Austerity measures in Cuba and a drop in subsidized fuel from Venezuela are hampering the economy. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption

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Austerity Measures In Cuba Spark Fears Of A Return To Dark Economic Times

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Activists opposed to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro march in Caracas on Thursday. The opposition and the government headed into a crucial test of strength with massive marches for and against a referendum to recall Maduro. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lilian Tintori, second row center, in white top, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, takes part in a demonstration in Caracas on Aug. 31. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Tuesday to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence during upcoming protests seeking a referendum on removing him from power. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Venezuela's 'Millionaire' Contestants, Winnings Amount To A Few Bucks

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Hugo d'Alessandro is pictured with his mother and grandmother. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was 10 years old. Treatment is difficult in Venezuela; his mother says the drugs he needs aren't always available. Lulu Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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Is Venezuela Having A Health Care Crisis? It Depends On Whom You Ask

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters as he walks with his wife Cilia Flores in the capital Caracas on July 5, Venezuela's Independence Day. As the country's crisis has deepened, Maduro has lost support, but the military remains on his side. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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Venezuela's Embattled President Loses Support, But Clings To Power

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Venezuelans wait in San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, to cross the border with Colombia during a rare 12-hour opening Sunday. Thousands of Venezuelans crossed to buy food and medicine. George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Colombia-Venezuela Border: Open To Smugglers, Closed To The Desperate

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