Nov 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.
Sep 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Jun 11, 2013 — In Latin America, it's said the only part of a prison the guards control is the gate, leaving convicts to fend for themselves. The inmate boss of one prison takes NPR's Steve Inskeep on a tour.
Jun 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.
Apr 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.
Apr 17, 2013 — Protests over a razor-thin victory by Hugo Chávez's hand-picked successor left seven dead on Tuesday.