Venezuela crisis

Venezuela National Assembly stormed by Maduro supporters

Witnesses said the confrontation came after an assembly session to mark the country's Independence Day.

Military police guarding the site stood by as intruders brandishing sticks and pipes broke through the gate, AFP said.

The government promised an investigation to "establish the whole truth", and punishment for the guilty.

Venezuela has been shaken by often violent protests in recent months and is in economic crisis.

The speaker of the assembly, Julio Borges, named on Twitter five of the lawmakers injured. Some were taken away for medical treatment.

Venezuela crisis: Hunt for pilot after attack on Supreme Court

Oscar Pérez posted Instagram videos admitting the attack and calling on Venezuelans to rise up against the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

The officer's home has been searched as the president put the entire military on alert, citing a "terrorist attack".

The country is in the midst of a deep economic and political crisis.

Nobody was injured in the helicopter attack, which took place at around sunset on Tuesday evening.

Venezuela: Where plain rice is a treat for a hungry little girl

Daniela's eyes, peeking out between her pink woolen hat and surgical mask, drip tears of extreme pain. She can still feel the leg she had amputated a day earlier: a common syndrome known as "phantom limb."

Yet this life-changing loss, one that causes her to scream as the doctors change her dressing, was needless.

Venezuela sees sharp rise in infant and maternal mortality

In the first figures released for two years, the Health Ministry said the number of women dying in childbirth was up by 65%, while child deaths were up 30%.

There has also been a jump in illnesses such as malaria and diphtheria.

The figures reflect the country's deep economic crisis which the opposition says the government has mismanaged.

President Nicolas Maduro says the health crisis is caused by medicines being hoarded to encourage a coup against him.

Venezuela indigenous group flees crisis for Brazil

The authorities have declared a social emergency to seek government funds to help with the influx.

The Warao say they travelled around 2,000 km (1,250 miles) and are fleeing hunger and Venezuela's worsening economic and political crisis.

Warao people have also gone to the northern Brazilian state of Roraima.

In Boa Vista, the state capital, city authorities say more than 500 Warao arrived across the border but were deported because of concerns about vagrancy and begging.

Venezuela crisis: Opposition condemns Maduro move

They responded with defiance to his call for a new constitution to end unrest that has killed 28 people.

Mr Maduro said his move was necessary to fend off a foreign-backed plot against him.

The US said it was a bid to cling to power, while Brazil called it a "coup".

The president's opponents want to hold a vote to remove him, blaming the left-wing president for food shortages that have led to rioting.

Venezuela crisis: Police fire tear gas as protests enter second day

Three people were killed on Wednesday when opponents of President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets to march.

The huge protests in Caracas and western Venezuela come amid a serious economic crisis in the country.

Opposition leaders have accused Mr Maduro of ruling the country like a dictator; the president says opponents are trying to topple him by force.

Venezuela crisis: 2 shot dead at anti-government protests

A teenager died in the capital Caracas and a woman was killed in San Cristobal, near the Colombian border.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand new presidential elections and the release of jailed opposition politicians.

President Maduro has accused the opposition of attacking the police and looting shops.

He said more than 30 arrests had been made. Supporters of the government are holding a rival rally in Caracas.