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US dollars are now commonly used by businesses in Venezuela. The informal adoption of the dollar has helped to decrease inflation and product shortages.

Venezuela’s public sector workers take on multiple side jobs just to get by

To supplement their meager wages, many government workers in Venezuela are turning to side hustles that include driving taxis, baking cakes, selling clothes or taking care of pets. And that’s having an impact on the quality of public services.

Venezuela’s public sector workers take on multiple side jobs just to get by
a man standing in front of a colorful bottle cap mural

Venezuelan artist uses recycled bottle caps to create large eco-murals

Venezuelan artist uses recycled bottle caps to create large eco-murals
A soldier is shown wearing a face mask and a military uniform while standing in front of a wall painted with the eyes of the late President Hugo Chávez.

Venezuela's Maduro claims sweep of boycotted election

Venezuela's Maduro claims sweep of boycotted election
Protesters around a flower wreath

Workers' movements advocate for rights on May Day; Saudi activists allege man killed over megacity plans; Doctors wait hours as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

Workers' movements advocate for rights on May Day; Saudi activists allege man killed over megacity plans; Doctors wait hours as Venezuela faces fuel shortages
Customers wait while a fuel dispenser machine is fixed at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, April 23, 2020.

Doctors wait hours to fill tanks as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

Doctors wait hours to fill tanks as Venezuela faces fuel shortages
Venezuela's disputed President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he speaks during a special session of the National Constituent Assembly to deliver his annual state of the nation speech, in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 14, 2020.

The US has renewed its support for Venezuela's opposition. What does it mean?

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump welcomed Juan Guaidó at the State of the Union speech, while other members of Venezuela’s National Assembly lobbied at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, with the support of Washington’s mission.

The US has renewed its support for Venezuela's opposition. What does it mean?
venezuelan ex military men in colombia

From Colombia, Venezuelan defectors arm themselves to 'liberate' their homeland

Dubbing their planned offensive "Operation Venezuela," ex-army sergeant Eddier Rodríguez said there were around 150 men ready to take part with his group.

From Colombia, Venezuelan defectors arm themselves to 'liberate' their homeland
Man stands wearing white shirt in front of a hotel.

Venezuela’s ex-military deserted Maduro hoping for a revolution. Now they’re on the brink of homelessness.

Over 1,400 defectors and their families are holed up in hotels in Cúcuta, Colombia, where they are registered as asylum-seekers, according to Colombia's migration authority. But funding has run out.

Venezuela’s ex-military deserted Maduro hoping for a revolution. Now they’re on the brink of homelessness.
Lawmaker Richard Blanco is shown with his right hand rised and finger pointed up while giveing a speech.

Venezuelan lawmakers seek refuge in embassies after crackdown on Guaidó allies

Two Venezuelan lawmakers sought refuge at foreign embassies in Caracas on Thursday, as the government of President Nicolás Maduro cracked down on allies of opposition leader Juan Guaidó who supported his attempted uprising last week.

Venezuelan lawmakers seek refuge in embassies after crackdown on Guaidó allies
Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López is shown in a crowd of people speaking into several microphones.

Venezuela opposition figure, facing arrest warrant, says he met with generals

Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, evading arrest in a Spanish diplomatic residence, on Thursday disclosed he met with senior military officials before a failed uprising against President Nicolás Maduro this week.

Venezuela opposition figure, facing arrest warrant, says he met with generals
Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro is shown wearing a blue shirt standing among a group of military authorities.

Maduro hangs on as Venezuelan protests peter out

Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call to take to the streets on Wednesday in a bid to force President Nicolás Maduro from power, but there was little concrete sign of change in a crisis that increasingly looks like a political stalemate.

Maduro hangs on as Venezuelan protests peter out
military in venezuela

Venezuela's Guaidó urges troops to rise, mass protests planned

Reuters witnesses said several dozen mostly young armed men in military uniform accompanying Guaidó exchanged gunfire with soldiers acting in support of Maduro outside the La Carlota air base but the opposition did not appear to be about to take power by force.      

Venezuela's Guaidó urges troops to rise, mass protests planned
Young men wearing black stand on steps and raise fists in air.

Maduro turns to violent ‘mercenary’ colectivos to maintain order

Armed civilians loyal to embattled President Nicolás Maduro are more trusted than the military to restore order and quell dissent in Venezuela.

Maduro turns to violent ‘mercenary’ colectivos to maintain order
audience at a comedy show in venezuela

Venezuela's crisis is a tragedy — but comedy gold for satire, cartoons and memes

The rise of black comedy to explain Venezuela's chaos recalls an old saying in the crisis-stricken South American country: 'Laugh so you don't cry.'

Venezuela's crisis is a tragedy — but comedy gold for satire, cartoons and memes
A man is shown in shadow walking past darked machinery.

Blackouts threaten death blow to Venezuela's industrial survivors

For the past month, unprecedented nationwide blackouts in Venezuela have paralyzed the country's industrial sector. The number of companies based in Venezuela has fallen to a tenth of the 5,000 there were two decades ago. The blackouts have only made it worse.

Blackouts threaten death blow to Venezuela's industrial survivors