The group, which has begun to shift to the left, could determine the outcome of Sunday's presidential election.
He replaced some of Fidel Castro's protégés in favor of his own allies.
Scores were injured during opposition protests across the country Saturday.
The US State Department has issued a new travel advisory warning of 'large firefights' across the country.
The country has seen no major banks fail. Debt levels are low and foreclosures pale in comparison with those of the US.
Venezuelans voted Sunday to scrap presidential term limits, opening the door for their leftist president to rule indefinitely.
Latin America and the Caribbean – where 78 percent of residents live in cities – is the world's most urbanized developing region.
Inflation of 31 percent and continuing food shortages are presenting major problems for President Hugo Chávez as he asks Venezuelans on Feb. 15 to lift term limits so he can run for reelection indefinitely.
Officials want to tap vast reserves to produce electric-car batteries, but threat of nationalization could scare off foreign investors.
The release of four hostages Sunday marks an attempt by FARC to regain public credibility after a devastating year, say analysts.
Community worker Nancy Monsalve has lived all her life in the tough Caracas barrio of 23 de Enero. She says life under Hugo Chávez has improved significantly.
After 10 years as president, Hugo Chávez has polarized Venezuela, but inspired its poor.
Increased demand for guacamole has helped make avocado exports a rare bright spot for Mexico in its free-trade saga with the US.
Activists hope that Bolivia’s new Constitution, which legally recognizes Afro-Bolivians for the first time, is just one of many new gains for blacks across Latin America.
For the first time in 13 years, the flow of remittances to Mexico has fallen.
A new constitution approved handily Sunday also risks dividing the nation.
Bolivians head to the polls Sunday to vote on a controversial new charter that boosts rights for indigenous people and nationalizes gas reserves.
How a former nun gets rival gangs to run their own legit businesses.