Crisis-hit Venezuela devalued its currency by 64 percent in a dollar auction that aimed to stabilize its foreign exchange market, officials said Wednesday.  Under an overhauled official exchange system, the government let investors bid for the dollars at a new higher rate in what President Nicolas Maduro said was an effort to undermine the black market. It was the

latest in a series of moves to ease a crisis in a country stricken by soaring inflation and shortages of food and medicine. The US bills sold at a rate of 2,010 bolivars per dollar, said Pedro Maldonado, president of the central bank’s Currency Auction Committee. He told reporters the rate was “an unequivocal indication that we are beginning a process of economic recovery.” READ MORE