POWERCHINA's Santa Lucia-Kempis highway project in Venezuela held its commencement ceremony on Feb 1, 2014.
Security forces and protesters fought around Venezuela on Thursday in streets blocked by burning barricades and a supporter of socialist President Nicolas Maduro was shot dead, the sixth fatality from more than a week of violence.
The coffin of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez is driven through the streets of Caracas after leaving the military hospital where he died of cancer in Caracas, March 6, 2013.
Venezuela is a bridge connecting North America, South America and Europe, and its proximity to the Panama Canal facilitates access to all those countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived Sunday in Venezuela, kicking off a four-country Latin American tour.
President Hugo Chavez signed a decree declaring an energy emergency in Venezuela to facilitate his government's efforts to ease severe energy shortages.