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Residents light candles as they pay homage in front of the house of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Aracataca. Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. Photograph: John Vizcaino/Reuters

1927 - Garcia Marquez is born on March 6 in Aracataca, a backwater banana-growing town near Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The oldest ch(...)

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(...)

Man of the people: the coffin of Hugo Chávez is driven through the streets of Caracas this week. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

I can't count how many hours of my life I spent waiting for Hugo Chávez. My colleague Donnacha O’Briain and I arrived in Venezuela in late 2001 to (...)

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