Venezuela's economic crisis has prompted an unusual solution — a new cryptocurrency called the Petro and backed by Venezuelan oil. President Nicolas Maduro has released new pre-sales figures, but not everyone is taking him at his word.
People continue to leave the troubled Latin-American country as the economic situation turns increasingly sour. Food shortages have become a part of everyday life.
Brazil's president-elect has said Venezuela should no longer be a member of the South American trade bloc. Two months before he takes office, Jair Bolsonaro has outlined economic reforms including a pension overhaul.
Presidents Nicolas Maduro and Donald Trump both extended olive branches, saying they would be willing to meet. But Maduro also blamed the US for staging a drone attack against him and plotting his overthrow.
Thousands of people are fleeing Venezuela amid food, power and medicine shortages. President Nicolas Maduro's government now wants to strengthen border controls and has raised the price for passports.
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