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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro abruptly cut his speech short on August 4, 2018. His wife can be seen on the left, ducking from the loud noise.

Confusion still abounds about what caused the explosion in Venezuela, but experts warn Maduro will use it as an excuse to consolidate power either way...

After an explosion went off Saturday while Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech, he accused the opposition of attempting to assassinate him. Whatever happened, experts say the incident made Maduro look vulnerable, and will probably lead to him concentrating power even further.

Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of invading Venezuela to depose its leader by force

Venezuela is suffering from a rapidly deteriorating economy and weakening law and order. Reports of Trump's bullish rhetoric, however, could bolster President Nicolas Maduro's standing at home.
People wait in line to buy bus tickets at station in Caracas, Venezuela, May 21, 2018.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled their homes, and it’s affecting the entire region — here’s where they’re going

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have sought refuge in neighboring countries in recent months, and the communities receiving them have struggled to deal with the influx.
Workers at an oil pump in Lagunillas, Ciudad Ojeda, in Zulia, Venezuela, March 20, 2015.

The industry keeping Venezuela afloat is under pressure from both inside and outside the country

Internal decay and external pressure are adding to the turmoil in Venezuela.
A Colombian soldier guards the border with Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia, February 9, 2018.

‘I don’t have a happy ending’: Venezuela’s misery is deepening — and spilling over its borders

Colombian immigration officials say there are nearly 600,000 Venezuelans in the country — double the number six months ago.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro fist-bumps with oil workers during a visit to a facility in the oil-rich Orinoco belt in the state of Monagas, March 21, 2013.

Rex Tillerson is talking about drastic action against one of the world’s biggest oil producers — again

Cracking down on Venezuela's oil industry "is something we continue to consider," Rex Tillerson said this weekend.
Police official Oscar Perez poses for photographs during an event for the Body of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigation police (CICPC) in Caracas, March 1, 2015.

Fugitive cop who attacked buildings in Venezuela’s capital from a helicopter last year reportedly killed in police raid

It wasn't clear if the police officer, Oscar Perez, had been killed or captured in the operation after more than six months on the lam.
A protester hoists a Venezuelan flag as a part of the Supreme Court of Justice burns in Caracas.

2017 was the year of protests — here are the most powerful photos from the turbulent year

From India to the United States, millions of people protested across the world in 2017.
Demonstrators march in support of Venezuela, in Havana, Cuba, August 25, 2017.

Venezuela is ‘a target-rich environment’ for more US sanctions — but it could backfire

Venezuela's economy is set to continue deteriorating, but what effect that will have on its political scene is not yet clear.

Nicolas Maduro is cracking down on rivals and Venezuela’s oil industry could take a big hit

Several former high-ranking officials have been arrested in recent days in Venezuela, in what appears to be a campaign to consolidate political power.