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President Donald Trump with Colombian President Ivan Duque during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City, September 25, 2018.

Trump and John Kelly joked about the suspected drone attack on Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro

President Donald Trump has repeatedly described Venezuela as a threat to the US and the region, and when asked on Tuesday about how he plans to address that threat, Trump took a swipe at the Venezuelan military.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at an event in Caracas, February 7, 2018.

Officials keep talking about intervening in Venezuela, and it’s drawing an ominous comparison

Since Trump's unexpected declaration that military action was an option in Venezuela, the US government has kept the pressure up, but the region is widely resistant to military intervention.
A composite image showing "Salt Bae" Nusret Gökçe serving Nicolas Maduro, superimposed with critical reviews on TripAdvisor.

People are leaving one-star reviews for Salt Bae’s restaurant after he served steak to Venezuela’s president

The celebrity chef known as "Salt Bae" is being slammed on TripAdvisor for welcoming Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to his restaurant while Venezuela faces food shortages. The videos on Twitter and Instagram with Maduro he posted were quickly deleted.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ate at Nusr Et, Salt Bae’s restaurant, in Istanbul on Monday.

Venezuela’s president ate steak at Salt Bae’s restaurant while people in his country are starving

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ate at the Istanbul restaurant of Salt Bae — real name Nusret Gokce — on Monday. Food at the restaurant, Nusr Et, is very expensive, giving Maduro's decision to eat there a striking contrast to Venezuela's hyperinflation, powers cuts, and food shortages.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a military parade to celebrate the 195th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo, next to Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, in Caracas, June 24, 2016.

Trump admin officials reportedly met secretly with Venezuelan military leaders who were plotting a coup

Trump administration officials reportedly met in secret with Venezuelan military officials to discuss plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro. A report from the New York Times says officials did not ultimately go through with the coup, the meetings could damage relations with Venezuela.
Two Venezuelan women talk to Sky News reporter Alex Crawford about turning to sex work in Colombia.

Venezuela’s economic crisis is so bad that some women say they’re turning to sex work to survive

A Sky News investigation found that most sex workers in a Colombian brothel were Venezuelans who had fled the country's economic turmoil. The report says they have no visas so work illegally to make ends meet.
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.
The moment a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck a supermarket in Venezuela.

A powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook Venezuela’s east coast

According to US Geological Survey, large earthquakes in the region are rare, and this was the largest in over a century.
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.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds a sign showing the value of a Petro compared with the new Venezuelan currency Bolivar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar), as he speaks during a meeting with ministers at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela.

10 pictures reveal the huge amounts of cash Venezuelans need to buy everyday things

On Friday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced plans to raise the minimum wage and create a single exchange rate pegged to his government's petro-backed cryptocurrency, which would effectively devalue Venezuelan money by 96%.