Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was given an early new year's eve present by the outgoing parliament: The power to rule by decree and bypass his legislative opponents.
Oliver Stone's documentary 'South of the Border' grossed more in one weekend in the US than in nearly two weeks in Venezuela. Why has the sympathetic portrait of President Hugo Chávez fallen flat with Venezuelans?
Foes of the Venezuelan president, who is on a world tour, are expected to congregate today around the world to protest his policies.
Russia sent two long-range bombers to Venezuela Wednesday and will send warships and soldiers for joint exercises in November.
Without Bush to rail against, Chávez will be left without a foil, say analysts.
Food shortages and rising prices are eroding the leftist leader's approval ratings.