Violent Protests Escalate in Ukraine, Venezuela

Venezuela Protests

People inside their shack home wave to members of a pro-government “colectivo,” or “collective,” marching through downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters say the escalating protests against his socialist government in the oil-rich but economically struggling country are part of an attempted coup sponsored by right-wing and “fascist” opponents in Venezuela and abroad, particularly the United States.

Meanwhile after a truce collapsed in Ukraine, more than 25 people were killed in renewed violence Thursday in the Capitol city of Kiev.