An opposition deputy struggles while pro-government supporters force their way to the National Assembly during an extraordinary session called by opposition leaders in Caracas on October 23. The National Assembly has voted to ask Maduro to appear for questioning next week so it can determine whether to recommend he be removed from office by the nation's Supreme Court.
Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro wave flags and shout as they force their way into the National Assembly floor during a meeting of the opposition-led congress in Caracas on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The four-hour extraordinary session was interrupted for about 30 minutes after government supporters breached security and threatened lawmakers on the National Assembly floor.
Opposition deputies raise their hands while voting to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro. A majority of lawmakers voted in favor of a motion to launch a "political and criminal trial" after his government blocked their drive for a referendum on removing him.
The Vatican's representative, Monsignor Emir Paul Tscherrig, speaks during a meeting in Caracas on October 24.
Supporters of Maduro break the gate and force their way to the National Assembly during an extraordinary session called by opposition leaders. Each side accuses the other of staging a coup in the country, which is in the midst of economic and political strife.
Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro's government, led by Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned opposition Leopoldo Lopez, gather to protest the suspension of the recall referendum.
On September 7, the country's opposition called for new nationwide protests.
CNN obtained this photo showing a newborn babies inside cardboard boxes at Domingo Guzmán Lander Hospital in Barcelona, Venezuela. The Venezuelan opposition party Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD), said the photos were snapped by a hospital employee who did not want to be identified. The Social Security Director Carlos Rotondaro responded on Twitter, saying an investigation is being launched and that "in no way will these actions, taken without consultation by a professional of the hospital, be justified."
The dire economic crisis in Venezuela sends thousands of Venezuelans daily across the international border bridge to purchase food, medicine and other desperately needed supplies.
People queue to buy basic food and household items outside a supermarket in Caracas, on September 28.
Patients lie on beds in the emergency room of a hospital in Barquisimeto on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. In Barquisimeto, the hub of Venezuela's farming heartland, shoppers line up for food, neighborhoods are dark from rolling blackouts and hospitals are so crowded that the sick sometimes share beds.