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Venezuela's Catholic Church accused the government of trying to impose a 'totalitarian' regime

The scathing assessment follows suggestions that the Vatican act as mediator in a dialogue between the government and the opposition.

Venezuelan forces seized control of San Cristobal, the key opposition city

National Police chief Manuel Perez said 250 soldiers and police participated in Sunday's operation and that 11 people were detained.

Q&A: What's next for Venezuela?

LIMA — Bitterly divided between government supporters and opponents, Venezuela appears trapped in a dangerous cycle of protests, violence and repression. Meanwhile, the violent crime, skyrocketing inflation and shortages of basic goods that prompted many Venezuelans to take to the streets continue unabated. What’s next for a country that should be enjoying the economic windfall of the world’s largest proven oil reserves? In search of answers, GlobalPost interviewed Venezuela expert Harold Trinkunas, who heads the Latin America program at the Brookings Institution.

Venezuela arrests three generals for allegedly plotting a coup

In a further blow to the opposition, the mayor of the town of San Cristobal where the anti-government protests started was sentenced to a year in prison.

Venezuela’s government is sinking in a sea of oil

It has nearly as much crude reserves as the US and Saudi Arabia combined. So how come Venezuela's oil production and exports are slipping and the public is raging in the streets?
NEW YORK — Lurking behind the barricades in Venezuela, where pro- and anti-government forces have battled on and off for more than five weeks, one of the biggest contradictions on the planet helps explain what’s gone wrong with Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian revolution. Sitting atop oil reserves that are larger Venezuela’s oil production and export revenue during the same period have dropped precipitously.
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Death toll in Venezuela protests rises to 36 after pregnant woman and soldier are killed

Streets barriers have become flash points for violence between radical supporters of both sides, who sometimes carry firearms.

Venezuela's US dollar shortage puts its health sector in intensive care

The country imports 60 percent of the medicines it consumes and many of the raw materials for domestic production.

Why the OAS doesn't want you to hear what this woman has to say

LIMA — A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader was in Washington, DC, Friday to detail her accusations of government repression. In a highly unusual move, Panama allowed Maria Corina Machado, a conservative congresswoman from Caracas, to take up its seat at a session of the Organization of American States.

Venezuela slums shun protests for community work

Many poor Venezuelans say protests have intruded on their daily lives and are doing little to weaken the country's president.

Maduro to Obama: Give peace a chance, don't kill me

LIMA, Peru — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro may need to make up his mind about the United States. The embattled leader has once again accused President Barack Obama’s administration of wanting to bump him off — and in the same breath demanded talks with Washington about 'peace and sovereignty.' The remarks are just the latest zigzag by Maduro as he seeks to keep a lid on the protests aimed at toppling his government.
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