A Turkish MAG-1 bulk carrier is seen half sunk on the shore of the Black Sea near Sukhumi, the capital of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, on Monday. The ship had been blown to shore by a storm. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
Pistache, a yellow Labrador retriever, rests as she waits for the start of the ASPCA's Blessing of the Animals on Sunday at the Christ Church in New York. Tina Fineberg/AP
Chinese residents in Japan wave Chinese and Japanese national flags as Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrives in Tokyo's Haneda airport on Monday. Issei Kato/Reuters
Protesters are silhouetted as they picket the IMF-World Bank office in Mandaluyong, Philippines, on Monday in protest of the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. The demonstrators urged the world's premier lending institutions, the IMF-WB and the Asian Development Bank, to keep out of climate negotiations. Bullit Marquez/AP
A frozen chair lift is seen on the top of Feldberg mountain in Germany, on a cold and foggy Monday. Michael Probst/AP
A flock of geese flies off in the early morning fog near the Washington Monument on Monday. Gerald Herbert/AP
Students of the Buenos Aires University Union Federation (FUBA) avoid water cannon blasts as they clash with riot police in front of the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Monday. Joaquin Salguero/Reuters
Sgt. Sean Kuttner (l.) and Pfc. John Cummings provide security at a traffic control point while local Iraqi ID cards are checked and cars are searched in Taji, Iraq, on Dec. 12. Sgt. Travis Zielinski/US Army/Reuters
Naung Kya and Nyi Nyi Tun of Burma (Myanmar) compete during the men's 10-meter platform synchonized diving finals at the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos, on Monday. Wong Maye-E/AP
Israel's President Shimon Peres (r.) and military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi (c.) watch a soldier light the menorah on the fourth eve of Hanukkah, in an army base near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on Monday. Tsafrir Abayov/AP
A woman makes the final touch to a cats Christmas Nativity Scene during the 12th Nativity Scenes tour of Luceram village in France, on Monday. The exhibition of 400 Nativity Scenes runs from Dec. 5 to Jan. 3. Eric Gaillard/Reuters
Oxfam activists dressed as polar bears dance at the entrance to the main hall at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday. Bob Strong/Reuters
The polarization that defined former President Hugo Chávez's rule has continued under his successor, Nicolás Maduro. But increasingly, even previous supporters say that something must change to address the economic and political crisis.
Emerlinda sits in the Caracas home where she’s lived for nearly five years, reflecting on how things have changed since 2013: the year Hugo Chávez died and his hand-picked successor Nicolás Maduro was elected. Like many of Venezuela’s poor, the domestic worker adored Mr. Chávez, the country’s self-professed messiah: He made it possible for her, a native Colombian, to gain Venezuelan citizenship, and his social policies put a roof over her head, and guaranteed her access to health care and an education. It was only logical, she says, to put her faith in President Maduro.