Hundreds of people have been arrested in Venezuela after incidents of mass looting broke out across the country. Venezeulans are suffering from severe food and medicine shortages. Protests have left at least four people dead in the last week alone.
A rural community and a Caracas slum have created their own currencies in response to Venezuela's rapid inflation. Proponents have pinned their hopes on these local-based alternatives, but critics say they aren't viable.
Miguel Rodriguez Torres was the founder of the Venezuelan intelligence services, which carried out his arrest. The former Chavez ally had been challenging Maduro's government from the left.
The Venezuelan president has proposed a general election to coincide with a presidential vote slated for April. If it goes ahead, the opposition could lose parliament after announcing a boycott of the election.
The US could broaden existing sanctions against Venezuela to cover the South American country's important oil industry. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the goal was to return Venezuela to a democratic path.
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