Widespread shortages fueled protests throughout Venezuela - not long ago it was a rich country. Many accuse the government of using state resources to service debts, instead of buying food for its people.
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.
Young women who flee Venezuela's ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis for a better life in Europe are vulnerable to human traffickers. A raid this week by authorities in Barcelona has exposed a growing problem.
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 emergency declaration comes as 40,000 Venezuelans have poured across Brazil's northern border in recent months. The influx has stressed infrastructure and caused security concerns.
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