A man sits next to a mural depicting the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez in downtown Caracas. Hovering over a sun-baked mountain one day in his presidential helicopter, Chávez had a dream: to build a utopian city that would showcase socialism in Venezuela. Slowly and chaotically over the years that followed, the late president’s pet project – named “Ciudad Caribia” for the country’s indigenous Carib people – began to take shape on the mountain’s ridges and plateaus. Read more
Russian police officers stand outside the embassy of Venezuela in Moscow on Thursday, the same day it was announced that Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker, has left the city’s Sheremetyevo airport after Russia granted him temporary asylum, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area. Venezuela is one of the countries, with Nicaragua and Bolivia, to have offered Snowden refuge. Read more
Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, vice president of Venezuela, and Li Yuanchao, vice president of China, during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 18 2013. Mr Montserrat is on a visit to China from July 17-21. Read more
A boy jumps over a barricade of burning rubbish that supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles used to block a street, as they demonstrated for a recount of the votes in Sunday’s election, in Caracas. Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in the Venezuelan capital on Monday after Mr Capriles called for demonstrations to demand a recount of votes from the election to replace the late Hugo Chavez.
Government supporters celebrate after the official results of the presidential elections were announced at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela early on April 15 2013. Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday’s special presidential election, edging out the opposition’s leader Henrique Capriles by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced.
A man hawks framed pictures of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, as supporters of ruling party presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro wait to move to the site of Maduro’s closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Maduro, Chavez’s hand-picked successor, is running against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles April 14.