Soccer has become the latest target for Venezuela's beleaguered political opposition as it tries to use the World Cup craze to keep pressure on embattled President Nicolás Maduro.
The airline announced it will cut services to Venezuela over unpaid debts. There are signs Venezuela is taking steps to prevent more airlines and foreign companies from doing the same.
Venezuela has been rocked by more than four months of anti-government protests and violent police crackdown. Dozens of Venezuelans have died and thousands have been arrested. But resolving the crisis still seems out of reach. Here are six perspectives on Venezuela's search for a peaceful path forward.
Maduro's popularity has dropped on every measure since November 2013, and two-thirds of Venezuelans polled don't think he can solve the country's problems - like shortages - in the next year.
Venezuelan government and opposition members are sitting down to discuss a way past weeks of violent protests. But many government allies have publicly undercut the process.
Venezuela has implemented a new currency exchange, recognized huge debts owed to foreign airlines, and ousted an opposition congresswoman, sketching a picture of a government in control.
Both the opposition and the Maduro administration say dialogue is the solution, but name-calling threatens to drown out calls for peace in Venezuela.
Venezuela has experienced a progressive criminalization of protests since President Nicolás Maduro took office nearly a year ago.
More than half of all government officials are believed to be involved in corrupt practices in Venezuela, according to the World Justice Report's annual index.
Save for the Venezuelan flag, wearing even an accent of Chávez's trademark red can put you in hot water in an opposition stronghold.
As protests have taken over Venezuela the past few weeks, tensions between the US and Caracas have been on the rise. Statements from US and Venezuelan officials paint the picture.
Some say the protest movement appears to be leading opposition politicians, rather than the other way around.
A key political ally of Venezuela's embattled leader expressed sharp – and rare – criticism of the use of force to quell protests.
Tensions abound in Venezuela's opposition – as well as within President Maduro's government. How are the protests playing out?