Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks at an Oct. 17 news conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. On Sunday, Maduro announced the launch of a new digital currency called the “Petro”.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks at an Oct. 17 news conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. On Sunday, Maduro announced the launch of a new digital currency called the “Petro”. Ariana Cubillos AP
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks at an Oct. 17 news conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. On Sunday, Maduro announced the launch of a new digital currency called the “Petro”. Ariana Cubillos AP

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