The controversial case has been watched closely by the rest of the country, and may push other states to liberalize their own abortion laws.
A new pro-poor break-away church vexes the country's Catholic leaders, who call it a Chávez ploy.
Without Bush to rail against, Chávez will be left without a foil, say analysts.
Pump prices have soared to more than $5.20 a gallon – the highest in Central America – despite the Venezuelan leader's promise to solve the country's 'oil problem.'
On Sunday, the Amazonian states of Beni and Pando voted overwhelmingly in favor of more autonomy from the socialist government of Evo Morales.
The hummingbird became the symbol of an era for 19th-century America.
In 2008, Venezuela's inflation rate is projected to be 25 percent – second only to Zimbabwe's.
Leaders at Wednesday's summit in Nicaragua blamed US trade policies for the region's food crisis.
In Belize, musician Paul Nabor preserves an indigenous sound – and awaits a successor.