Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias: “In these elections there aren’t many options, there are basically two: to leave things as they are or to change. We believe things can change.” Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

With Spain holding local elections in less than three weeks, political party Podemos has unveiled a policy manifesto which sees it reach out to cent(...)

People stand in front of the coffin of Kluiver Roa during his funeral. The 14-year-old was fatally shot at an anti-government protest in the western city of San Cristobal in Venezuela on Tuesday. Photograph: Carlos Eduardo Ramirez/Reuters

Sporadic protests flared in different parts of Venezuela on Wednesday, a day after a policeman shot dead a teenager during a demonstration against pre(...)

With an economy that is expected to contract by seven per cent this year, inflation running at 68 per cent, a currency devaluation put at as much as 7(...)

Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo López, who has been imprisoned for the past year, at a Caracas demonstration against the detention of the city’s mayor,  Antonio Ledezma,  on Friday. Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro has adopted an increasingly shrill tone against critics of the country’s so-called Bolivarian Revolution. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

For a glimpse into Venezuela’s economic disarray, slip into a travel agency here and book a round-trip flight to Maracaibo, on the other side of the c(...)

Antonio Ledezma, the mayor of Caracas, Venezuela. Opposition leaders have demanded the mayor’s release following his arrest on the charge of plotting violence against the government. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/Bloomberg

Venezuelan opposition leaders have demanded the release of the mayor of Caracas following his arrest on accusations of plotting violence against presi(...)

Juan Carlos Monedero,  third-in-command of Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos, during a press conference in Madrid. Mr Monedero described a controversy over payments he received from from the Venezuelan, Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Nicaraguan governments as a ‘government set up’. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Podemos, the new anti-austerity party that is leading Spanish polls, has hit back at accusations that one of its leaders engaged in tax fraud, stemmin(...)

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias: aims to roll back austerity Spain has been implementing for the last five years. PIerre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos, a new anti-austerity party which is leading opinion polls, has said he is determined to win Spain’s upcoming ge(...)

Six years after the banking crisis plunged the European Union into uncharted waters, a new political tide has begun to change the direction of the uni(...)

Sign outside the Coromoto shop, which holds a Guinness world record for its 863 different flavors. It announced it was closed over the Christmas holiday because of a milk shortage. Photograph: Heladeria Coromoto/Facebook

Venezuela’s tourism ministry denied on Monday that a famous ice-cream store had closed due to lack of milk, the latest quirky twist in the bitter nati(...)

A car with a Cuban flag parked near  the Cuban Capitol in Havana. The Cuban revolution has survived through a combination of welfare provision and selective repression as the equal distribution of scarce resources meets the iron fist of state power. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

The sudden shift in US policy toward Cuba represents the decline of a previously unquestioned conviction – that beneath the calm surface of Cuban soci(...)