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.
Venezuela's hyperinflation and related problems are breeding social unrest. That, in turn, is driving the political opposition, with a near constitutional majority, to find a way to oust President Maduro.
A coalition opposing Venezuela's ruling Socialists have claimed 99 of 167 seats in the country's parliament, according to election officials. President Nicolas Maduro said he recognized the "adverse" results.
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.
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