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  1. Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela’s Embattled Leader Has Few Friends Left

    He’s on a slippery slope. Once propped up by some of the world’s largest petroleum reserves, Venezuela is facing the realities of cheap oil and a government-controlled economy, with President Nicolas Maduro clinging to power amid growing calls for his ouster. Rampant crime has sparked vigilante justice — including the immolation of a man who reportedly stole $5. Now Maduro’s trying to laugh off being called “mad as a goat” by an old socialist peer, and he’s mobilizing troops to fend off “foreign” threats as his government lurches toward disaster.

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