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People wait hours to purchase  butter and pasta in Caracas as Juan Guaidó argues the presidency became technically vacant after Nicolás Maduro was sworn in  after an election widely seen as rigged. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/ New York Times

With Monday’s decision to impose sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry, the Trump administration has, after a two-decade stand-off between Washington (...)

Venezuela’s president,  Nicolas Maduro, and  minister of defence, Vladimir Padrino, among others on military exercise at the Fort of Paramacay, on January 27th, 2019. Photograph: Miraflores Press

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro oversaw a display of the army’s Russian hardware on Sunday, with anti-aircraft flak and tank rounds pounding a hil(...)

Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, delivers a statement at Moncloa Presidential Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 26th. Photograph: Victor Lerena/EPA

The European Union stepped up pressure on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, signaling it will recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido if elections (...)

 Juan Guaidó, president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, holds a copy of the Venezuelan constitution during a rally against  President Nicolás Maduro’s government and to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the end of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez, in Caracas this week.  Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

At the start of this year, few people in Venezuela – let alone outside it – knew much about Juan Guaidó. Now the 35-year-old has been formally recogni(...)

A banner reads ‘Pray for Venezuela’ as pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis  in Panama City. Photograph: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

Hyper-inflation, mass emigration and the collapse of food supplies. Add these to huge street demonstrations, dual political power plus the collapse of(...)

Embattled  Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro speaks  to members of  the Venezuelan armed forces  during a ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, earlier this month. File photograph: Cristian Hernandez/EPA

Time has been called too often on the chavista regime during its two decades in charge of Venezuela for anyone to declare with confidence that its end(...)

Riot police clash with opposition demonstrators during a protest against the government of President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Senior figures in the Venezuelan military came out in support of President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday, a day after the US said it no longer recognised(...)

Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro, beside his wife Cilia Flores, on  a balcony at Miraflores Presidential Palace to announce he was breaking off diplomatic ties with the United States. Photograph:  Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

In 24 hours, a 35-year-old Venezuelan opposition leader declared himself the country’s president, the United States recognised him as the legitimate h(...)

Venezuela’s Juan Guaido, speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro. Photograph:  Federico PARRA/AFP

Until very recently, Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old leader of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled national assembly, was an unknown figure on the internat(...)

Juan Guaidó, president of Venezuela’s national assembly, holds a copy of the Venezuelan constitution during a rally against  president Nicolás Maduro’s government  in Caracas on Wednesday. Photograph: Carlos Garcia/Reuters

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself the interim leader of the country on Wednesday with the backing of the United States, as ant(...)

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