At the official rate, 1 U.S. dollar is worth 6.3 Venezuelan bolivars. But in a country with runaway inflation, the black market rate is about 60 bolivars to the dollar. This has made airfares extremely cheap for those using currency acquired on the black market. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezualan Flights Are Dirt Cheap ... If You Can Get A Ticket

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A woman and her child are barred from a supermarket that was closing its doors to ration milk products in Caracas on Nov. 15. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, who was elected after the death of Hugo Chavez in March, is facing growing criticism over economic problems that include shortages of basic goods and inflation that's topped 50 percent this year. Jorge Silva/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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As Inflation Soars, Venezuela's Leader Opts For Drastic Steps

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Venezuelan opposition leader and Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles speaks during a mass protest in Caracas on Saturday. Leo Ramirez /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who spilled secrets about the NSA's surveillance programs, has been condemned by U.S. officials. But he's been praised by some people around the world. In Berlin this week, supporters carried his picture at a demonstration. Ole Spata /DPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (right) and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro stand in front of a picture of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, during a summit in Managua on June 29. Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At this prison in Barinas, Venezuela, the inmates are in charge. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Inmates In A Venezuelan Prison Build A World Of Their Own

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Eloisa Barrios visits the humble graves of nine male family members in the Guanayen cemetery. She says all nine were killed by the police, in what was a vendetta against her family. Recently, a 10th member of the family was stabbed to death. He was 17. Meridith Kohut for NPR hide caption

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In Venezuela, A Family Blames The Police For Their Misery

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A woman who just bought toilet paper at a grocery store reads her receipt as she leaves the store in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday. The government says it will import 50 million rolls of toilet paper amid a shortage. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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This undated family photo released Thursday shows Timothy Tracy inside of a vehicle in Venezuela. The 35-year-old filmmaker from California was arrested Wednesday by Venezuelan authorities. AP hide caption

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Supporters of acting President Nicolas Maduro celebrated Sunday night in Caracas, Venezuela, after the initial vote count showed him enjoying a narrow victory. Luis Acosta /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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March 6: In Caracas, many Venezuelans crowded the streets to see the coffin of President Hugo Chavez. Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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