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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


Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s political alliance claimed a sweeping victory Monday in congressional elections boycotted by the most influential opposition politicians and widely criticized internationally as being fraudulent.

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

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Chávez’s revolutionaries caught between legacy and change in Venezuela

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Former chief of staff: Maduro is ‘focused on consolidating his power’

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Why Venezuela’s oil money could keep undermining its economy and democracy

Venezuelans walk past a wall painted with the face of then presidential candidate Hugo Chávez. The leftist military leader tapped into a wave of discontent in the country with falling living standards and corrupt public institutions, December 1998.

Venezuela was once the richest, most stable, democracy in Latin America. What happened?

Venezuela used to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world. So what happened? The World’s Jason Margolis looks at the economic collapse that led to the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998.

The corporate logo of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA is seen at a gas station sign

Why does oil matter so much to Venezuela?

Oil accounts for 95 percent of Venezuelan exports. It’s became even more critical when the Trump administration blocked US revenue to a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state oil company in a bid to force Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office.

The corporate logo of the state oil company PDVSA is seen at a gas station in Caracas,

Understaffed and overextended: How Venezuela’s oil industry fell apart


Venezuela is flush with oil. But in the past three years its economy has collapsed.

A protester holds a national flag while standing in front of a fire burning at the entrance of a building housing the magistracy of the Supreme Court of Justice, during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, June 12,

Photos: A year of protests and crisis in volatile Venezuela


Even by the volatile and violent standards of recent times in Venezuela, 2017 was an exceptional year, a “perfect storm” of political and economic crisis. Take a look back at 2017 with these remarkable photos.


In Venezuela, chaos worsens as political crisis grows

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Under pressure, Venezuela’s top court reversed its decision to strip the legislature of its power. But to government critics the case was clear: They say judges loyal to President Nicolas Maduro attempted to set the stage for one-man rule.