From Mariachis to security guards, Venezuelan nurses adapt to survive
01 September 2019 | 8:42 am
To make ends meet, nurses in Venezuela are forced to work second jobs, like Edgar Fernandez who transforms himself into a mariachi performer or Francis Guillen who sells homemade hair gel.
9 Jan 2021
A new Venezuelan parliament dominated by ruling socialists has been inaugurated, consolidating President Nicolas Maduro's grip. Out of a job as speaker, opposition head Juan Guido vowed to chair rival sessions online.
6 Feb 2021
Leopoldo Lopez told DW that President Maduro can call upon more global backing for his cause than those fighting for democracy in Venezuela. The activist was in Berlin to drum up support for free and fair elections.
14 Mar 2021
The Central Bank of Venezuela's new notes were launched as hyperinflation and US sanctions continue to cripple the economy of the oil-producing nation. As inflation skyrockets, the biggest bill is worth just 52 cents.
27 Mar 2021
Venezuela suffers a deadly second wave of the coronavirus as the head of one medical clinic says the number of cases, and their seriousness, has increased compared to last year.
24 Mar 2021
"I must wear a face mask," repeat a couple of Venezuelan boys to insistent police officers as the country faces a second wave of Covid-19 infections. The officers form part of a squad that tours the city of Los Teques just outside of Caracas to ensure shop closing hours, quarantines and mask-wearing are respected.
28 May 2021
Raised in Philadelphia, the hometown of famous Hollywood character Rocky Balboa, Nalek Korbaj hopes to honour Venezuela's Olympic boxing tradition at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
17 Jul 2021
The opposition leader's wife reported the presence of armed officers at their residence live on Twitter. Authorities have meanwhile arrested Guaido's close ally Freddy Guevara on charges of terrorism and treason.
17 Aug 2021
Key Venezuelan opposition figure Freddy Guevara, arrested for "treason" and "terrorism" last month, was released Sunday -- days after the start of new talks between the opposition and government.
7 Sep 2021
Venezuela's government and opposition agreed on some key points during the negotiations in Mexico. But there is still "a long way to go," according to the leader of President Nicolas Maduro's team.
22 Sep 2021
Mexico is presenting itself as the new champion of Latin American integration. To do that, it appears willing to embrace the continent's isolated autocratic leftist leaders. But it's a risky move.
4 Oct 2021
For the third time in 13 years, Venezuela has slashed zeroes off its inflation-battered currency, the bolivar. This time, it will shed six zeroes, for a total of 14 since 2008. With that, a million bolivars have overnight become one -- still the equivalent of about 25 US dollar cents. Venezuela's central bank announced the move last month to simplify transactions, with consumers scrambling to make payment for even the most basic goods or services. According to private sector estimates around two thirds of transactions in the country now happen in US dollars. Old banknotes now worth almost nothing have become children’s toys or lie discarded in streets around the country. The once-rich oil producer is battling its eighth year of recession and hyperinflation that reached nearly 3,000 percent in 2020 and more than 9,500 percent the year before, according to central bank figures.
6 Oct 2021
Congo Mirador was once an idyllic spot: a community of homes on stilts that seemed to float on the calm waters of a lagoon in western Venezuela. Now, the community is inundated with mud, a victim of silt generated by the Catatumbo river.
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Official results have yet to be announced, but the two leading candidates are running neck and neck in results tallied by local media. Disappointingly, Tuesday's election witnessed a low voter turnout compared with 2017.
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A deadly fire at Cuba's main oil terminal Matanzas is still burning days after one of its gas tanks was struck by lightning. Mexico and Venezuela have deployed teams to help contain the blaze.
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Footage circulating on social media shows black smoke rising in the area of a Russian military air base in Crimea. Meanwhile, Russian oil transit has been reportedly halted to three EU countries.
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Serena Williams delivered an impressive physical performance in challenging conditions to return to winning ways at the Toronto Open on Monday and then said she can see the light at the end of the tennis tunnel in her career. Williams was forced to dig deep during her 6-3 6-4 first-round victory over Spain's Nuria Parrizas Diaz that saw the two women exchange blasts from the baseline in sweltering conditions on a hot and humid centre court.
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The leaders of Estonia and Finland have called for European nations to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. Both nations are being used as a route for Russian tourists seeking to skirt an EU ban on air travel.
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Stacks of hairy yams line a market in Ibadan, Nigeria, where traders haggle over quality and price before loading them into cars for the last mile to consumers. Nearby, a man navigates heavy traffic with a hand cart piled high with the tubers. Yams - pounded into paste, ground into flour, boiled or fried – provide sustenance and livelihoods across West Africa.