Voices President Obama urged members of Congress to make 2014 a 'year of action' in his State of the Union address

Institutional flaws have held the President back

The opposition candidate Henrique Capriles at an antiviolence protest on Monday

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The battle to succeed El Comandante has begun

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez faces Fifa action after punching opponent in the face during World Cup qualifier for Uruguay

Striker faces suspension after controversial night in Chile

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Hugo Chavez died last week aged 58

Venezuela’s interim leader launches inquiry into Hugo Chavez 'poisoning'

Venezuela’s interim leader has opened an investigation into the death of Hugo Chavez, amid speculation the late president’s cancer was the result of an elaborate poisoning plot by foreign enemies.

Venezuelan presidential rivals come out fighting in race to succeed Hugo Chavez

Presidential candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles have begun the election race with scathing personal attacks.

Mourners queue to enter Chavez' funeral chapel at the Military Academy in Caracas yesterday

From Castro to Ahmadinejad, a strange cast turns out for Chavez funeral

Tim Walker sees hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans bid last farewell to leader

A supporter of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez salutes as she views his coffin as his body lay in state in Caracas

Hugo Chavez: loyalists pay respects to a leader still in his red beret

Two days after their controversial ruler died, Venezuelans queued for miles to view his body - which will be embalmed 'like Lenin'

Hugo Chavez's last words: 'I don’t want to die'

Hugo Chavez expressed his desire to live, and his love of Venezuela, shortly before dying of a massive heart attack, the head of the country’s presidential guard has claimed.

Chavez’s coffin was paraded through the streets of Caracas

'We are all Hugo Chavez': supporters gather to pay tribute to Venezuela's dead President

Emotional crowds lined the streets of Caracas to watch el Comandante's coffin pass

Interim President Nicolas Maduro; Henrique Capriles is the most likely choice to challenge Maduro in a snap election

Anointed heir of Hugo Chavez faces competition for the poisoned chalice

Interim President Nicolas Maduro faces a battle to succeed El Comandante

Hugo Chavez and Sean Penn

Hollywood stars pay tribute to late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez

America and Venezuela have not been the best of friends lately but Hollywood stars have been quick to pay tribute to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez who died of cancer last night aged 58.

Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez leaves tears - and a nation divided

South American socialist leader dies of cancer aged 58 in a Caracas hospital

Chavez salutes the crowd at a summit in 2007

Hugo Chavez's death is a body blow for the poor and oppressed throughout Latin America

Under Chavez's revolution quality social housing became the norm and more than 90 per cent of Venezuelans ate three meals a day for the first time in the country's history.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez 'very delicate' as he is hit by severe respiratory infection

President Hugo Chavez is breathing with greater difficulty as a new and severe respiratory infection has taken hold, Venezuela's government said, describing the cancer-stricken president's condition as “very delicate.”

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