Presumptive Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, has called for direct diplomacy with friend and foe alike, and among the foes of the Bush administration is Hugo Chavez, President of 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.
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.
For the past ten years, the U.S. military has run anti-drug surveillance operations from a military base in Ecuador, but the lease is set to expire next year and Ecuador's government wants the U.S. to leave
Augusto Montiel, a member of Chavez's ruling United Socialist Party, is marching with the large crowds that have gathered on the streets to mourn President Hugo Chavez and says emotions are running high.
Hugo Chavez was a larger-than-life political figure who served as Venezuela's president for 14 years, keeping a lid on protests and a difficult economy. His successor Nicolas Maduro has had anything but a smooth reign and Venezuela is now being compared to tumultuous counties like Syria and Ukraine.