In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro is facing what some analysts are calling the "disaster" of a very narrow victory in Sunday's presidential election. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with reporter Phil Gunson in Caracas.
Caracas resident Juan Espinoza will be casting his ballot for Venezuela's interim president Nicolas Maduro. The members of funk band Los Amigos Invisibles on the other hand are not exactly fans of the Chavinista movement.
Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had a bristly relationship with the institutional Catholic Church in Rome, and in Caracas. So, while much of Latin America has been celebrating a South American being installed as Pope Francis, reaction in Venezuela has been muted.
Venezuela's opposition is scrambling to mount a campaign for president, following the death of Hugo Chavez. The race pits opposition Henrique Capriles against acting president Nicolas Maduro. But in many ways, Capriles is running against a dead man.
Venezuela's interim President Nicholas Maduro suggested that the late president Hugo Chavez might have "influenced" the selection of a Latin American pope from "his perch in heaven." But during his lifetime, Chavez ridiculed Catholic leaders in Venezuela.
Somehow poverty abroad seems far worse than poverty in the US. Yet the statistics show 25% of all American kids live in poverty. Journalist Tamar Charney brought her early experience with poverty in Venezuela to her coverage of poverty in Detroit.
Venezuela alleges the US ambassador to Colombia plotted to destabilize and "annihilate" President Nicolas Maduro, just the latest claim in an escalating war of words between the two nations. The claim came shortly before the US House approved a measure calling for sanctions on officials in the Venezuelan government over human rights abuses.
The "Tower of David" in downtown Caracas is called "the world's tallest squat" because thousands of people have been living in the unfinished skyscraper. Now, the government is moving people to new housing outside the city — and many squatters have mixed feelings.
When Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head two years ago, the Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility. On Friday, the Pakistan army said it had caught a gang of 10 men behind the attack. Elsewhere in Pakistan, a new branch of al-Qaeda seems to have bungled its first attack, but wants the press coverage anyway. And a 45-story skyscraper of squatters is being cleared in Venezuela, all in this weekend's Global Scan.
Venezuela is suffering through the world's highest inflation and rampant shortages of consumer goods, like milk, sugar, toilet paper — even condoms. But one thing Venezuela does have a lot of is oil. And thanks to government subsidies, it also has the cheapest gasoline in the world. But maybe not for much longer.
Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma was arrested Thursday night, accused of plotting to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. But even in a country where political arrests are common, this latest accusation is more than just business as usual.
On Monday, the White House says "Venezuelan officials past and present who violate the human rights of Venezuelan citizens and engage in acts of public corruption will not be welcome here, and we now have the tools to block their assets and their use of US financial systems."
Venezuela has far-and-away the highest rate in the world, nearly 200 percent. And it could get much worse. The International Monetary Fund predicts inflation in the country will top 700 percent by the end of the year.
Uruguayan officials caused a stir last month when they said Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a free man released from Guantanámo Bay prison, had quietly left the country. Now he has reportedly resurfaced in Venezuela, aiming to travel to Turkey to reunite with his family.