Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chávez remains quiet in Cuba weeks after receiving surgery there. As rumors of his health swirl throughout Venezuela, supporters rally to deflect opposition criticism.
Colombia's new President Juan Manuel Santos is hoping to mend relations with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez days after outgoing President Álvaro Uribe repeated the charge that Chávez harbors leftist guerrillas.
An exchange of ambassadors is part of Obama's policy of engagement over confrontation.
President Hugo Chávez denounced Globovision, the sole television channel in Venezuela that regularly criticizes him, for reporting an earthquake before the government announced it.