A boy is ready to take a swing on the streets of San Pedro de Macoris, a provincial capital of the Dominican Republic. Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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The headquarters of the Bank of Venezuela (from left) and buildings housing the National Assembly and various government ministries stand in darkness in Caracas on March 22. Venezuela shut down for a week to conserve electricity amid a deepening power crisis. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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In Venezuela, An Electricity Crisis Adds To Country's Woes
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A motorcyclist waits Feb. 17 to buy gas in Caracas, Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro increased the price of gasoline for the first time in 20 years, as he faced growing pressure to ease an economic crisis in the oil-producing country. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheap Oil Usually Means Global Growth, But This Time Seems Different
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A Comedian 'Rants' On Different Latino Cultures
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Jose Altuve, an All-Star second baseman with the Houston Astros, is one of many prominent major league players from Venezuela. Stephen Brashear/AP hide caption

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As Venezuelan Crisis Deepens, U.S. Baseball Teams Close Academies
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These people have just walked across the bridge from Venezuela to Colombia, where the Colombian immigration authorities are on duty. Many people live on one side and work on the other, crossing so frequently they don't have to register with officials each time. Vladimir Solano for NPR hide caption

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Venezuela Won't Talk To Colombia About Zika — And That's A Problem
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Mileidis Bolivar shows off the tomatoes she grows in her rooftop garden in a Caracas, Venezuela, slum. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Facing Severe Food Shortages, Venezuela Pushes Urban Gardens
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A Health Ministry employee fumigates against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus, at a home in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 28. Juan Barreto /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Many Zika Cases Are There In Venezuela: 4,000 Or 400,000?
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Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez shout "Freedom for Leopoldo" outside a court in Caracas in September. Lopez, Venezuela's best known political prisoner, was arrested and sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison after giving a speech at a demonstration last year. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Winning Big, Venezuela's Opposition Now Plans Push For Prisoner Release
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A demonstrator wears a box that reads in Spanish, "Salary raise now," during a protest by university professors and students at Venezuela's Central University in Caracas on May 28. A typical professor's salary is now worth the equivalent of $35 a month due to runaway inflation. Leading public universities have been closed due to strikes since September. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Venezuela's University Professors Vote With Their Feet
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Mothers take care of their children while lining up to buy staple goods outside a supermarket in Caracas earlier this month. CarlosS Garcia Rawlins/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The Nightmare Of Grocery Shopping In Venezuela
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Venezuelan comedian Laureano Marquez performs a stand-up routine at a theater in Caracas last year. Marquez says the government is now cracking down on comedians who make jokes about the government and the country's economic problems. Christian Veron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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It's No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians
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A woman holds up a blanket with the portrait of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma during a demonstration on Feb. 20 to protest his detention. He was arrested on charges of planning a coup, which he denies. He is one of three opposition mayors who have been jailed; more than 30 face criminal charges. Miguel Gutierrez/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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The 33 Venezuelan Mayors Who Face Charges (And Oppose The President)
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Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations
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President Obama says new sanctions will target Venezuelan figures who have helped repress human rights. Here, opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (center) marched with opponents of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas to mark International Women's Day. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is welcomed by Saudi Crown Prince Salman in Riyadh on Sunday. The meeting was part of Maduro's diplomatic tour of OPEC members to discuss falling oil prices, which have hit Venezuela's economy hard. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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