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Venezuela's skyscraper slum

<p>A skyscraper known as the "Tower of David" in Caracas January 31, 2014. It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet the 45-storey skyscraper in the center of Venezuela's capital is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block: it is a slum, probably the highest in the world. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A skyscraper known as the "Tower of David" in Caracas January 31, 2014. It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet the 45-storey skyscraper in the center of...more

A skyscraper known as the "Tower of David" in Caracas January 31, 2014. It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet the 45-storey skyscraper in the center of Venezuela's capital is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block: it is a slum, probably the highest in the world. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A skyscraper known as the "Tower of David" in Caracas January 22, 2014. The building was intended to be a shining new financial center but was abandoned around 1994 after the death of its developer - banker and horse-breeder David Brillembourg - and the collapse of the financial sector. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A skyscraper known as the "Tower of David" in Caracas January 22, 2014. The building was intended to be a shining new financial center but was abandoned around 1994 after the death of its developer - banker and horse-breeder David Brillembourg - and...more

A skyscraper known as the "Tower of David" in Caracas January 22, 2014. The building was intended to be a shining new financial center but was abandoned around 1994 after the death of its developer - banker and horse-breeder David Brillembourg - and the collapse of the financial sector. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Children play in the lobby of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas January 29, 2014. Squatters invaded the huge concrete skeleton in 2007, and then-president Hugo Chavez's socialist government turned a blind eye, and now about 3,000 people call the tower their home. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Children play in the lobby of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas January 29, 2014. Squatters invaded the huge concrete skeleton in 2007, and then-president Hugo Chavez's socialist government turned a blind eye, and now about 3,000 people call...more

Children play in the lobby of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas January 29, 2014. Squatters invaded the huge concrete skeleton in 2007, and then-president Hugo Chavez's socialist government turned a blind eye, and now about 3,000 people call the tower their home. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A man, who is on his way to work, walks through the lobby of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A man, who is on his way to work, walks through the lobby of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man, who is on his way to work, walks through the lobby of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>People walk along a corridor on the 10th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

People walk along a corridor on the 10th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People walk along a corridor on the 10th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Beatriz fills out a crossword while taking care of her grandchildren outside their apartment, inside of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Beatriz fills out a crossword while taking care of her grandchildren outside their apartment, inside of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Beatriz fills out a crossword while taking care of her grandchildren outside their apartment, inside of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Reyes smokes a cigar outside his shop inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Reyes smokes a cigar outside his shop inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Reyes smokes a cigar outside his shop inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Adriana Gutierrez sits in the living of her 24th floor apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Adriana Gutierrez sits in the living of her 24th floor apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Adriana Gutierrez sits in the living of her 24th floor apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Genesis opens a balcony door in an apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Genesis opens a balcony door in an apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Genesis opens a balcony door in an apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Nicolas Alvarez speaks on the telephone in his apartment on the 27th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Nicolas Alvarez speaks on the telephone in his apartment on the 27th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Nicolas Alvarez speaks on the telephone in his apartment on the 27th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Men sit and look down at a basketball court inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Men sit and look down at a basketball court inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Men sit and look down at a basketball court inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Gabriel Rivas, 30, lifts weights on a balcony on the 28th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Gabriel Rivas, 30, lifts weights on a balcony on the 28th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Gabriel Rivas, 30, lifts weights on a balcony on the 28th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A woman walks on a roof of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A woman walks on a roof of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A woman walks on a roof of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Men salvage metal on the 30th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Men salvage metal on the 30th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Men salvage metal on the 30th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Men salvage metal on the 30th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Men salvage metal on the 30th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Men salvage metal on the 30th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Men rest after salvaging metal on the 30th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Men rest after salvaging metal on the 30th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Men rest after salvaging metal on the 30th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Children stand along the corridors at the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Children stand along the corridors at the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Children stand along the corridors at the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A shop is seen through a doorway, at an apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A shop is seen through a doorway, at an apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A shop is seen through a doorway, at an apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A woman looks out of a window at her shop in a corridor inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A woman looks out of a window at her shop in a corridor inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A woman looks out of a window at her shop in a corridor inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Thais Ruiz, 36, talks on the telephone and drinks coffee as she sits under a crack in the roof of her living room on the 27th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Thais Ruiz, 36, talks on the telephone and drinks coffee as she sits under a crack in the roof of her living room on the 27th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Thais Ruiz, 36, talks on the telephone and drinks coffee as she sits under a crack in the roof of her living room on the 27th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Maria works in a sewing workshop in her apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Maria works in a sewing workshop in her apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Maria works in a sewing workshop in her apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Adriana Gutierrez and her son Carlos Adrian watch TV as they sit on their bed in their 24th floor apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Adriana Gutierrez and her son Carlos Adrian watch TV as they sit on their bed in their 24th floor apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Adriana Gutierrez and her son Carlos Adrian watch TV as they sit on their bed in their 24th floor apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Teenagers chat on the 10th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Teenagers chat on the 10th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Teenagers chat on the 10th floor of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A view of the lobby from the top of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A view of the lobby from the top of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A view of the lobby from the top of the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A girl rides a bicycle on a balcony in the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A girl rides a bicycle on a balcony in the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A girl rides a bicycle on a balcony in the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Paola Medina, 29, packs as she prepare to leave her apartment after living in the "Tower of David" skyscraper for almost a year in Caracas March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

Paola Medina, 29, packs as she prepare to leave her apartment after living in the "Tower of David" skyscraper for almost a year in Caracas March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Paola Medina, 29, packs as she prepare to leave her apartment after living in the "Tower of David" skyscraper for almost a year in Caracas March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A woman uses her mobile phone during a blackout at the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A woman uses her mobile phone during a blackout at the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A woman uses her mobile phone during a blackout at the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A man sits with his family in his apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

A man sits with his family in his apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man sits with his family in his apartment inside the "Tower of David" skyscraper in Caracas February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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