Hundreds of thousands of mourners have thronged the streets of Caracas to accompany their president on his last journey. The body of the country's Comandante is to lie in state in the capital's military academy until his funeral on Friday.
A defense minister-cum-government critic has been granted early release from jail in Venezuela. General Raul Isaias Baduel has become the second prominent opposition leader to be freed in little more than 24 hours.
The flashy funeral of an alleged mafia boss has left Italian politicians and media furious. It is the latest in stream of mafia-related scandals to rock Rome this summer.
After months of delays, Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced that the country's legislative elections will take place on December 6. Candidates will campaign for the National Assembly's 165 seats.
President Nicolas Maduro has announced a break in ties with Panama on the anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death. Panama had called for an Organization of American States meeting on the unrest in Venezuela.