December 10, 2013 Inflation in Venezuela — which has hit 54 percent this year — is among the world's highest. Basic goods like toilet paper and milk are out of reach for the average consumer. Presidential orders for business owners to empty their warehouses and slash prices are delighting shoppers, but dismaying shop owners.
November 23, 2013 After one of his top aides was detained by the government, opposition leader Henrique Capriles dared them to imprison him. Nicolás Maduro, who won the presidential election against Capriles, was recently given the power to rule by decree.
September 4, 2013 Nicholas Maduro says a "low-level war" was the cause of an electricity outage that affected 70 percent of the country, including the capital, Caracas.
July 9, 2013 A Russian lawmaker's tweet set off a flurry of reports saying the "NSA leaker" would be getting asylum in Venezuela. Then that tweet disappeared, news outlets started citing each other as sources, and the story just got all botched up.
July 6, 2013 The leaders of Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua have said they're willing to give asylum to the "NSA leaker." He's been lingering in legal limbo at an airport in Russia for nearly two weeks. If he tries to get to Latin America, he may need an OK from Cuba to stop there.
July 5, 2013 Presidents of both countries said separately they would potentially support the former National Security Agency contractor. Edward Snowden, believed to be holed up in a Moscow airport, has petitioned more than 20 countries.
June 10, 2013 The high crime rate throughout Latin America has many causes. In many countries, residents claim that police and security force members are part of the problem. In Venezuela, one family says the police are linked to multiple killings that have devastated the family.
May 17, 2013 The government of President Nicolas Maduro announced this week that it would import 50 million rolls of toilet paper to meet the growing demand. The oil-rich country already suffers from a shortage of medicine, milk and sugar.
April 25, 2013 Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said Timothy Hallet Tracy was paying right-wing youth to hold violent protests in the aftermath of the elections narrowly won by Nicolas Maduro, the late Hugo Chavez's chosen successor. Tracy's family says he was making a documentary.
April 17, 2013 Protests over a razor-thin victory by Hugo Chávez's hand-picked successor left seven dead on Tuesday.
April 15, 2013 The initial vote count shows Nicolas Maduro with a scant edge over challenger Henrique Capriles. Maduro, who was Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, had been expected to win easily.
March 14, 2013 The Venezuelan president died on March 5. But his body apparently wasn't prepared in time to allow for it to be placed in such a memorial. So Chávez's corpse likely won't be on view forever — like the bodies of Vladimir Lenin, Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong.
March 9, 2013 Venezuela's elections commission announced Saturday that voters will go to the polls on April 14. Henrique Capriles, who opposed Chavez in the last election, is expected to face interim leader Nicolas Maduro.