Venezuela's government has accused food producer, Empresas Polar of hoarding foodstuffs to stoke anti-government sentiment. Empresas Polar denies the charge and hopes it's not about to be nationalised.
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.
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.
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.
China's president, Xi Jinping, has met with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Mauro, in Beijing. Maduro is hoping to deepen ties and secure increased financial support from his Chinese ally.
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