Amid a bid for reelection, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's oil subsidy and antipoverty programs may be on the chopping block.
A sharp drop in oil prices is forcing the country to reduce government spending.
The former Colombian hostage visited eight nations this past week pushing for leaders to support efforts to free hostages still held by leftist rebels.
A lake of asphalt and toxic fumes bedevil Curaçao. But who will pay to clean it up?
US vessels have been making frequent calls. The island also hosts US surveillance planes.