Kidnappings in Colombia are down. But the kidnappers are still busy. Colombian guerrillas and criminal gangs are now crossing the border into Venezuela to find new victims for ransom. John Otis reports from San Cristobal, Venezuela.
In Venezuela, the snap election for president is getting under way, but the late Hugo Chavez is still the looming presence. His vice president, Nicolas Maduro, is campaigning on a promise to carry the Chavez torch.
Hugo Chavez led Venezuela for 14 years, building the country into the western hemisphere's sharpest critic of the United States. He nationalized businesses and governed with a populist bent. He died Tuesday in Caracas, age 58.
An album released by a Venezuelan band nearly a year ago is inspiring the growing protests in Venezuela. The group's lyrics seem to capture both the despair amidst the country's high crime, rising inflation and troubled economy and the hope for change.
Venezuelans haven't felt the pinch of rising food prices as badly as many consumers have around the world because President Hugo Ch-vez is using his country's ample oil revenues to subsidize food at the local markets