International powers are voicing alarm at Venezuela after its Supreme Court seized power from the legislature on Thursday, a move widely viewed as handing greater authority to President Nicolas Maduro. Now, so is a top official in the president's inner circle.
It's one thing to talk to people you've never met before who are suffering from hunger, and it's a completely different thing when they are from your own family, as the BBC's Vladimir Hernandez discovered when he returned to his native Venezuela to report on its failure to get food on people's tables.
Uruguayan officials caused a stir last month when they said Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a free man released from Guantanámo Bay prison, had quietly left the country. Now he has reportedly resurfaced in Venezuela, aiming to travel to Turkey to reunite with his family.
Many world leaders attended the funeral of President Hugo Chavez. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of them. Mohammed Manzapour of the BBC's Persian Service said Venezuelans view his presence according to their political affiliation.
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.
Venezuela's interim President Nicholas Maduro suggested that the late president Hugo Chavez might have "influenced" the selection of a Latin American pope from "his perch in heaven." But during his lifetime, Chavez ridiculed Catholic leaders in Venezuela.
Venezuela's opposition is scrambling to mount a campaign for president, following the death of Hugo Chavez. The race pits opposition Henrique Capriles against acting president Nicolas Maduro. But in many ways, Capriles is running against a dead man.
Caracas resident Juan Espinoza will be casting his ballot for Venezuela's interim president Nicolas Maduro. The members of funk band Los Amigos Invisibles on the other hand are not exactly fans of the Chavinista movement.
In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor Nicolas Maduro is facing what some analysts are calling the "disaster" of a very narrow victory in Sunday's presidential election. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with reporter Phil Gunson in Caracas.