Venezuela is in the thick of a political and economic crisis. Now credit ratings agency Fitch has downgraded the country from B+ to B status, blaming political uncertainty and lack of economic reform.
A Venezuelan councilman accused of planning the failed assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro has died while in detention. The government claims he committed suicide; the opposition insists he was killed.
The humanitarian tour will provide medical help to the crisis-ridden country, but Venezuelan officials said it was also part of a "strategic defense operation." Pharmaceutical prices have soared as the currency tanks.
Colombia's impending withdrawal has left UNASUR on the edge of collapse. Experts say Latin America is a region primed for international integration, so why has the organization continued to struggle?
Reports of an apparent attack on President Nicolas Maduro leave more questions than answers, except for one: The only one benefiting from all this is Maduro himself, writes Uta Thofern.
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