Feb 26, 2014 — The U.S. has wanted better relations with Venezuela, but the new president — like Hugo Chavez before him, say experts — uses the U.S. as a scapegoat to divert attention from domestic problems.
Feb 23, 2014 — President Nicolas Maduro was elected less than a year ago, but he's already facing protests from restive students and others angry over high inflation and shortages of many goods.
Feb 21, 2014 — The opposition says the current standoff has led to some of the worst violations of human rights during the rule of the current regime.
Feb 20, 2014 — Leopoldo López has reemerged as an important opposition figure. And like he has in the past, he's courted controversy.
Feb 20, 2014 — Genesis Carmona died after being shot Tuesday during an anti-government protest. The murder of another beauty queen, Monica Spear, is among the reasons protesters have taken to the streets.
Feb 19, 2014 — Leopoldo Lopez tells his supporters they need to keep pressing for new leadership to replace the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. The government blames him for clashes in the streets.
Dec 26, 2013 — The good news is that air travel to and from Venezuela is dirt cheap due to the difference between the official cost of tickets and the black-market currency rate. The bad news is that many flights are booked up months in advance.
Dec 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.
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.