The latest sanctions against Venezuela are part of a broad effort by US federal prosecutors to crack down on the use of the US financial system to launder proceeds from corruption in the crisis-stricken country that is suffering from hyperinflation.
In Venezuela, the new "Fatherland Card" was introduced as a way to streamline the state-administered distribution of food. But many fear it may be part of a biometric ID system that could determine which citizens have access to basic services based on their political allegiances.
The crisis in Venezuela is threatening to overwhelm Colombia and other countries in South America and is likely to test their good will in 2019 as migration and asylum claims from other Latin America nations pick up.
The USNS Comfort served thousands of desperate Venezuelan refugees in Colombia who’ve fled their country’s life-threatening food and medical scarcities. The ship anchored off Riohacha, Colombia as part of a three-month, four-nation Latin American tour, helping with everything from hernia operations to eye cataract removals.
As food shortages rack Venezuela, a socialist commune supporting President Nicolas Maduro has turned a Caracas home into a cattle ranch. But neighbors worry about health risks of raising cows in the city.
Venezuela is rolling out a new, smart-card ID known as the 'carnet de la patria,' or 'fatherland card.' The ID transmits data about cardholders to computer servers. The card is increasingly linked by the government to subsidized food, health and other social programs most Venezuelans rely on to survive.
At least 6,000 Venezuelans lined up at Peru's northern border on Tuesday in hopes of entering the country before a deadline for acquiring residency, and another 4,000 were due to arrive in the next two days, Peru's ombudsman's office said.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the Venezuelan state of Merida. The state is home to a breed of dog called the Mucuchíes. Anchor Marco Werman has details on a dog breeding project in Venezuela that aims to bring back the Mucuchíes.
In many parts of the world, fuel economy has become the gold-standard for cars. But not in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where old gas guzzlers are still prized for their sturdy frames and powerful engines. The World's Marina Giovannelli brings us the story.
Huntington's Disease is a hereditary brain disorder. In the early 80′s, American scientists pinpointed the gene that causes the disease, thanks to research conducted on an extended family in Venezuela. We hear more from The World's Marina Giovannelli.
Singer Elizabeth Ayoub has a rich cultural heritage. Born in
Venezuela to Lebanese immigrants, she was educated at American schools there. Her new album is a reflection of this cultural mix. Anchor Marco Werman has today's Global Hit.
Rolling blackouts have been a daily reality for Venezuelans since last winter. That's when a prolonged drought began to cut the output of the hydroelectric dam that provides 70 percent of the country's electricity. The World's Marina Giovannelli reports.