The cardinals have assembled in Rome to begin choosing the next pope.
Chavez cared about the poor at a time when "some of the wealthiest people on our planet have more money than they can ever reasonably expect to spend."
A consortium of organizations announced a new push to get Cuba taken off the State Department's "State Sponsors of Terrorism" list.
In life, Chavez was almost a legendary figure; first elected to Venezuela's presidency in 1998, he was popularly re-elected three more times in 2000, 2006, and 2012.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who was favored by Chavez, is the presidential candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
On February 28, Germany's Bundestag members of most political parties voted to send German troops to Mali.
This election is of significance because it took place in the context of the world crisis of capital. The crisis has hit Cyprus hard is due to the close connections of the nation's banks to the Greek economy.