Leaders of countries around the world have arrived in Caracas to pay their final respects to the late President Hugo Chavez. Venezuelans have had to wait ten hours and longer to pay their last respects.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro has said the release of jailed activists is meant to foster dialogue. Opposition lawmakers have dismissed the move as a token gesture by a dictatorship.
Venezuelan officials have carried out more than 8,200 unlawful executions and jailed more than 12,000 people since 2013, according to a new report. Venezuelan diplomats dismissed the findings as "grotesque."
Venezuela is mired in crises. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza spoke to DW about how the opposition and the US have brought the country to the brink of ruin and why Maduro's government backs socialism.
President Nicolas Maduro accused envoy Todd Robinson of a "military conspiracy" after new US sanctions were imposed. Maduro was re-elected on Sunday in a widely contested vote.
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