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Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guards officers control shoppers as they line up outside a supermarket to buy food at discounted prices in Caracas on Jan. 6. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Defendants Efrain Antonio Campos Flores (center left) and Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas (center right), as depicted in federal court in New York on Thursday, were sentenced to 18 years in prison on drug conspiracy charges. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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Faced with rocketing inflation and low oil prices, Venezuela has introduced new, larger banknotes this year. Now the country is planning a cryptocurrency tied to its oil reserves. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman walks past an oil pump in Caracas earlier this month. Part of Venezuela's fiscal woes arises from lowered gas prices worldwide — a huge hit to an economy so reliant on its oil production. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Entrepreneurs sort cocoa beans on a tray at Cacao de Origen, a school founded by Maria Di Giacobbe to train Venezuelan women in the making of premium chocolate. Zeina Alvarado (left) later found work in a bean-to-bar production facility in Mexico. Courtesy of Cacao de Origen hide caption

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In an effort to combat chronic food shortages, President Nicolas Maduro and his ministers are embarking on a campaign to convince Venezuelans to eat rabbits. GK Hart/Vikki Hart/The Image Bank/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addresses the constituent assembly earlier this month. The group, which Maduro called for and which enjoys wide-ranging powers, granted itself the ability to pass laws. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators protest President Nicolas Maduro's moves to consolidate his power outside a special meeting of the Organization of American States in Washington on Apr. 3. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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An opposition activist sits in front of a Venezuelan flag during a protest against the constituent assembly in Caracas last week. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro have struggled to find a foothold in their struggle against his consolidation of power. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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