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 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.
Mar 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.