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Venezuela really wants its gold back.

Venezuela really, really wants its $550 million of gold back. And it’s going to the Bank of England to get it.

Venezuela's finance minister and central bank governor are set to meet a Bank of England official. The bank is seeking "clarity" before returning it.
A toilet paper roll is pictured next to 2,600,000 bolivars, its price and the equivalent of 0.40 USD, at a mini-market in Caracas, Venezuela August 16, 2018. It was the going price at an informal market in the low-income neighborhood of Catia.

Venezuela’s inflation rate just hit 830,000% — and is likely to keep rising

A report published to Venezuela's parliament said the annual rate had almost doubled in the month since the latest report was published in October.
A Dash billboard in Venezuela.

A cryptocurrency is making huge inroads in Venezuela as inflation runs wild — and it’s not bitcoin or the petro

Each month, 200 merchants are signing up to accept the cryptocurrency dash in Venezuela, according to the Dash Core Group, and the rate of adoption is accelerating.
Venezuelans walk past belongings and tents burned by civilians at Pacaraima border control in Roraima State, Brazil August 19, 2018.

Venezuela’s mass exodus has sparked violence, and countries are sending in more troops to deal with it

After violent attacks on Venezuelan migrants over the weekend, Brazil is adding more troops to the force it has dispatched to deal with a wave of Venezuelans entering the country.
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.