New report says independence of judiciary has eroded, allowing abuses, including torture, to persist.
Government hopes talks will help ease sanctions while opposition wants guarantees of free and fair regional elections.
The opposition parties say they will participate in regional polls in a boost to President Maduro’s legitimacy.
Oil markets faltered earlier in August as the resurgent pandemic threatened demand, but prices have since recovered.
More than 1,200 houses have been destroyed, 17 people missing as rescue workers search the wreckage in Merida.
Maduro is pressing for the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe.
Representatives of the two sides sign an agreement in Mexico City to start talks mediated by Norway.
Plan to sign a framework agreement to start talks hit a snag when Maduro camp rejected Guaido US envoy, say sources.
Venezuela’s government and its opposition are expected to hold talks in Mexico in August to resolve their differences.
Residents describe the battle for control in one of Caracas’ most violent neighbourhoods.
Release of nearly $2bn Venezuelan gold held by Bank of England hinges on who London recognises as the country’s leader.
Freddy Guevara’s arrest came as unidentified armed men threatened opposition leader Juan Guaido in his carpark.
After two days of heavy shootings in eastern Caracas, law enforcement agents enter the ‘Cota 905’ area.
The current clash between the UAE and Saudi Arabia over how producers unwind oil output cuts is just the latest spat.