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A protester throws a molotov cocktail at Bolivarian National Police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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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 

Members of the National Police clash with anti-government protesters in Caracas on April 21, 2014. Oil-rich Venezuela has been rocked by two months of deadly protests, with at least 41 people killed since a wave of demonstrations against the leftist government of Nicolas Maduro broke out in early February.   AFP PHOTO / CARLOS BECERRA CARLOS BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images

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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's President Nicolas Maduro was due to host Venezuelan opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation.

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Opposition supporters hold candles as they take part in a rally against Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela.

TOPSHOTS An anti-government activist is ...TOPSHOTS An anti-government activist is arrested by national police during a protest against Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro government in Caracas on March 13, 2014. A total of 28 people have been killed and 365 injured in anti-government protests rocking Venezuela, the country's top prosecutor said Thursday, lamenting an atmosphere of "violence and chaos".AFP PHOTO/LEO RAMIREZLEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images

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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 returns tear gas to 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.

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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.

Venezuelans Loyal To Former President Hugo Chavez Prepare To Mark One Year Anniversary Of His Death...CARACAS, VENEZUELA - MARCH 04:  A worker passes a mural of Hugo Chavez at the military barracks where the former Venezuelan president is entombed on March 4, 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela. Workers made last minute preparations for Wednesday's ceremony marking the first anniversary of Chavez' death on March 5, 2013. The anniversary has been marred by three weeks protests against the government of Chavez' chosen successor Nicolas Maduro. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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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.

Relatives of Jimmy Vargas, a student who died during a recent protest, weep beside his coffin during his funeral in San Cristobal, 660 km from Caracas. Five intelligence agents have been ordered 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.

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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, on February 25, 2014. 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.

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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 depecting the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in downtown Caracas...A man sits next to a mural depecting the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in downtown Caracas September 23, 2013. Hovering over a sun-baked mountain one day in his presidential helicopter, Chavez 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. Picture taken September 23, 2013. To match Feature VENEZUELA-MADURO/   REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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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...Russian police officers stand outside the embassy of Venezuela in Moscow, August 1, 2013. Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after Russia granted him temporary asylum, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area. Venezuela with Nicaragua and Bolivia have offered Snowden refuge but there are no direct commercial flights to Latin America and he was concerned the United States would intercept his flight to prevent him reaching his destination.

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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.