Sunday's stunning opposition victory in legislative elections has left Venezuela wondering what next, now that the ruling socialist party is no longer in near total control.
The election marks the first time that the ruling socialist party has lost control of the legislature since Hugo Chávez took power nearly 17 years ago.
Sunday's legislative election is a key test for both President Maduro and the ruling party's 16-year hold on power that has never faced as strong a challenge before.
While the opposition has accused the ruling Socialist Party of involvement in the shooting of Luis Manuel Diaz on Wednesday, President Maduro has said the murder was an underworld settling of scores and warned of an anti-Venezuelan conspiracy.
Aside from an unspecific presidential tweet about an "imperial ambush," the arrests of two nephews of the first lady has been greeted with a deafening silence from Venezuelan officials and been hardly reported by local media.
Manuel Rosales lost to former President Hugo Chavez in elections in 2006 and left the country in 2009 accused of corruption. He knew returning to Venezuela would almost certainly put him in jail.
The polarizing figurehead of Venezuela's opposition, Lopez was sentenced Thursday for conspiracy and inciting violence. Last year's clashes during anti-government protests left 43 people dead.
Lessi Marcano went as 'La Negra' on Twitter and warned of candles and mourning before congressman Robert Serra was found stabbed 42 times. He is among eight Twitter users jailed since last year by Maduro's government.
Critics of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have decried the revival of the territorial claim as a farce that is meant to distract Venezuelans from their country’s economic crisis.
Surpassing his own goal, President Nicolas Maduro said he gathered 10.4 million signatures for a petition denouncing a controversial White House decree against Venezuela. But some government employees were reportedly forced to sign it.
Rodolfo Gonzalez, dubbed 'The Aviator,' was an alleged operational chief in last year's Venezuela street protests. He apparently killed himself the night before he thought he'd be transferred to a general-population penitentiary.
Lacking condoms, Venezuelans are rationing sex with their partners, switching to ‘manual mode,’ and risking infections and pregnancies. The Chavista government said it would be distributing 18 million condoms this year, but did not offer details.