The GOP's surprise vice-presidential nominee brings a fresh face to the '08 race.
Local officials will showcase at the Democratic convention a city transformed – just as they did a hundred years ago.
Legal challenge could raise price for nationalization moves by Ecuador, Russia, and Bolivia.
A shortage of natural gas besets the state's most populous area. In rural outposts, energy costs spike.
The Venezuelan president touts Beijing's $4 billion investment as another punch in his bid to undermine US clout. China is more pragmatic.