Men sit at a fruit stand near a painting of Che Guevara that has been defaced with graffiti in the Petare neighborhood, home to many Colombian immigrants, on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela
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Members of the Bolivarian Militia take part in its fifth anniversary in Caracas, Venezuela
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Kukenan (L) and Roraima mounts as seen from a trekking camp, near Venezuela’s border with Brazil. Once impenetrable to all but the local Pemon indigenous people, now thousands of trekkers a year make the six-day hike across Venezuela’s savannah to reach the summit
A protester throws a molotov cocktail at Bolivarian National Police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela on Tuesday. University students and government opponents protested in the east of the capital and demanded the release of people who have been arrested in street demonstrations in recent months
Police clash with anti-government protesters in Caracas. Oil-rich Venezuela has been rocked by two months of protests, with at least 41 people killed since a wave of demonstrations against the leftist government of Nicolas Maduro broke out in February
Opposition supporters hold candles as they take part in a rally against Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela.
An anti-government activist is arrested by police during a protest against Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas. Twenty-eight people have been killed and 365 injured in anti-government protests
An opposition activist hurls tear gas back at riot police during a protest against the government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Venezuela marked the anniversary of Chavez’s death with a blend of solemn ceremonies, clashes and a break in relations with Panama over protests dogging his successor’s presidency.
A worker passes a mural of Hugo Chavez at the military barracks where the former Venezuelan president is entombed in Caracas, Venezuela. Workers made last-minute preparations for Wednesday’s ceremony marking the first anniversary of Chavez’s death. The anniversary has been marred by three weeks of protests against the government of Chavez’s chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro.
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Relatives of Jimmy Vargas, a student who died during a recent protest, weep beside his coffin during his funeral in San Cristobal, 660km from Caracas. Five intelligence agents have been arrested for suspected ties to killings during protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Venezuela has been swept by student-led protests since February 4, posing the greatest challenge yet to Maduro’s government just under a year since he took office.
A woman walks past a mural of Venezuelan Liberator Simon Bolivar in San Antonio, in the border state of Tachira, Venezuela. Angry Venezuelan students geared up to stage a fresh rally on Tuesday, the latest in three weeks of anti-government protests that have left at least 14 people dead.
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.
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.
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.
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.