• March 31, 2017  

    In our news wrap Friday, President Trump moved to reshape American trade policy with a pair of executive orders, initiating a review of trade deficits and increasing the collection of duties on imports. Also, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned NATO allies to boost their defense spending within the next two months during his first meeting with his alliance counterparts in Brussels. Continue reading

  • Venezuela medicine
    March 26, 2017  

    On Friday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on state television that he had asked the United Nations for help in addressing the country’s shortage of medicine and other goods. The country’s hospitals now have less than 5 percent of the medicine they need to treat their patients. For more, Reuters reporter Brian Ellsworth joins Hari Sreenivasan from Caracas. Continue reading

  • September 1, 2016  

    In Venezuela, hundreds of thousands came out in protest against President Nicolas Maduro, whose approval ratings have reached record lows. The cause for discontent: Food is now incredibly scarce and far too expensive to buy, and the hunger is leading to and caused by growing corruption. Nathan Halverson of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting reports from Caracas. Continue reading

  • July 26, 2016  

    The economic disaster in Venezuela caused by tumbling petrol prices — oil production is the main industry — is also behind an environmental one. Lake Maracaibo, which sustains the Añu indigenous group, is being contaminated by oil spills and the leaky drilling infrastructure, all made worse by rampant gas smuggling. Special correspondent Nadja Drost and videographer Bruno Federico report. Continue reading

  • July 14, 2016  

    Venezuela’s hospitals are crumbling and health care system is in shambles. Kidnappers prey on citizens whose families are rich enough to pay ransom and the capital, Caracas, is the world’s most murderous city. Food is scarce — and expensive. Falling oil prices have hit Caracas, a major exporter, especially hard. Special correspondent Nadja Drost and videographer Bruno Federico report from Caracas. Continue reading

  • July 3, 2016  

    Venezuelans are struggling with shortages of food, medicine and other necessities, with increasing finger-pointing at the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro. For more on the challenges facing the country, Nicholas Casey of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Caracas. Continue reading

  • June 21, 2016  

    Plummeting worldwide fuel prices have damaged several economies, but perhaps no country has been hit harder than Venezuela. Once flush with oil money, the nation now faces a collapsing economy, skyrocketing inflation and a wave of looting and crime driven by mass food shortages. For more on the dire situation in Venezuela, Gwen Ifill talks to Nicholas Casey of The New York Times. Continue reading

  • June 4, 2016  

    Venezuela has the world’s largest reserves of oil, but with the price of oil in a free fall, the country’s economy is shrinking, and the South American nation of 30 million people is suffering. New York Times reporter Nicholas Casey, who is usually based in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the crisis. Continue reading

  • March 31, 2016  

    Falling oil prices around the world are usually considered a good thing. But for countries whose economies depend on oil exports, the price drop means impending catastrophe. Scott Tong of Marketplace recently traveled to Venezuela, where 96 percent of all export revenue comes from oil and import prices are skyrocketing. Tong joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the country’s economic freefall. Continue reading

  • December 11, 2015   BY  

    This week, Venezuelans rejoiced, countries worked toward a climate agreement, and an updated study revealed where militants recruit the most foreign fighters. Find out more about these events in our 5-minute world quiz. Continue reading

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