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(...)

 A supporter of the African National Congress (ANC) wears a t-shirt depicting late South African president Nelson Mandela as he stands in line to cast his vote at the Hospital Hill informal settlement south of Johannesburg today. Photograph: Ihsaan HaffeJee/EPA

South Africans voted in the first ‘Born Free’ election today, although polls suggest the allure of the ruling African National Congress as the conque(...)

Anti-government protesters jump and step on a banner of Banco de Venezuela after bringing down the banner during riots in Caracas. At least 41 people have been killed in Venezuela since unrest started in early February. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

The violent protests that have rocked Venezuela since the start of the year have now lost their initial intensity but Nicolás Maduro still has (...)

Opposition supporters hold candles as they take part in a rally against Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas. Photograph: Reuters/Christian Veron

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro cautioned opposition leaders to keep their expectations modest on Thursday night as he hosted them for medi(...)

The government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (above) asked that Vatican second-in-command Cardinal Pietro Parolin be named a “good faith witness” to a dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition agreed after two months of protests. Photograph: Reuters/Miraflores Palace

Venezuela’s government formally invited the Vatican’s second-in-command Cardinal Pietro Parolin yesterday to mediate talks with the opposition(...)

Protesters take cover from Venezuelan security forces during an anti-government demonstration. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

A National Guardsmen and a civilian were killed after a group of men on motorcycles rode into an east Caracas district to remove a street barri(...)

 Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (right), greets his counterparts from Cuba, Raul Castro (second from left), and Bolivia, Evo Morales (left), during the military parade to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, in Caracas, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Miraflores Palace

Followers of Venezuela’s late socialist leader Hugo Chávez flooded the streets yesterday for the anniversary of his death, an emotional but wel(...)

An anti-government protester throws a tear gas canister during protests against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro’s govenrment in Chacao, Caracas yesterday. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez

A female student and a young supermarket worker were the latest fatalities from Venezuela’s political unrest as the death toll from 10 days of (...)

Venezuelan opposition representatives by Gran Polo Patriotico speak during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government to reject violence of recent days in the country and to ask the parliamentary immunity for opposition leader Maria Corina Machado. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrezz/EPA

Venezuela’s jailed protest leader urged supporters today to keep demonstrating peacefully against President Nicolas Maduro despite violence tha(...)

Children holding banners demanding support to Venezuela are seen during a march in the Chilean city of Santiago. Photograph: Ariel Marinkovic/EPA

A student demonstrator died of a bullet wound yesterday in the fifth fatality from Venezuela’s political unrest, as imprisoned protest leader L(...)