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.
Pakistan's Imran Khan has been trying to push his sports stardom into political power for more than a decade, with little success. Recently, however, he seemed to make some headway among the urban, educated population.
Hugo Chavez has been president of Venezuela for 12 years -- and he remains popular. But the outspoken leader of the South American country is facing the toughest challenge of his electoral career from Henrique Capriles, and it comes at a time when Chavez is battling cancer.
As Venezuela's presidential election wraps up, Hugo Chavez is doing all he can to secure every vote. That includes chartering a bus to bring Venezuelan citizens across the border from Colombia in advance of Sunday's election. But his opponent, Henrique Capriles, is doing his best to recruit cross-border voters as well.
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez handily won re-election over the weekend. On the heels of his victory, in a speech to his supporters, he vowed the country would never return to "neo-liberal" economics and would instead deepen its embrace of socialism.
Ecuador's media have been under fire since President Rafael Correa took office in 2006. He appears set to win a third term later this month, which means more difficult times for the country's independent media.
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.