In Venezuela, at least 20 people have been injured in the latest anti-government clashes with police.
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.
Venezuela's Constituent Assembly has backed plans for a presidential election before April 30, months ahead of schedule. But neighboring countries say the move to allow Nicolas Maduro a second term lacks legitimacy.
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