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Chavez laid to rest after final farewell in Caracas

Late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was laid to rest at a military museum on Friday after an emotional final journey through the streets of Caracas watched by hundreds of thousands. After more than a week lying in state, Chavez's body was driven through the Venezuelan capital in a hearse, allowing his compatriots to bid a final farewell to the man who ruled the South American country for 14 years.

Chavez buried after final tour of Caracas

Late president Hugo Chavez was laid to rest at the headquarters of his failed 1992 coup attempt on Friday, a month before snap elections to pick his successor. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans had thronged the streets of Caracas to bid a final farewell to the man who ruled the oil-rich South American country for 14 years. "I pledge allegiance in this life and what we are bringing to this command post is a Christian leader and the commander in chief of the Venezuelan armed forces," Chavez's handpicked heir acting President Nicolas Maduro exclaimed excitedly.

Chavez laid to rest after final tour of Caracas

Late president Hugo Chavez was laid to rest at the headquarters of his failed 1992 coup attempt on Friday, a month before smap elections to pick his successor. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans had thronged the streets of Caracas to bid a final farewell to the man who ruled the oil-rich South American country for 14 years. "I pledge allegiance in this life and what we are bringing to this command post is a Christian leader and the commander in chief of the Venezuelan armed forces," Chavez's handpicked heir acting President Nicolas Maduro exclaimed excitedly.

Final march held in honor of Chavez

The body of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was to be moved Friday to a former barracks in a final march to honor of the leftist leader a month before elections are held to pick his successor. The Caracas military academy, where Chavez's casket has been on view, will serve as the starting point for the procession escorting the remains of the 58-year-old, who last week succumbed to cancer after 14 years in power.

Venezuela looks beyond US to China as customer

Woe is Venezuela, sitting atop the world's largest oil reserves. Production is down and its top customer, the United States, is buying less. So here comes China to the rescue, among others, as Venezuela seeks to diversify its markets. Under the late Hugo Chavez, Washington and Caracas had a difficult diplomatic relationship, and they have had no ambassadors in each other's capital since 2010. But oil makes the world go round and a buck is a buck, so pragmatism prevailed. The US remained the main destination for Venezuelan oil.

COLUMN - Chavez's death leaves Venezuelans with hard choices

(Gary Regenstreif is a Reuters columnist but his opinions are his own.) By Gary Regenstreif NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) - Venezuela has kicked off a presidential election campaign whose charismatic central figures are a governor and a ghost. The victor, however, may well be the flesh and blood heir of a revolutionary regime left to grapple with real and deepening crises.

U.S. expels two Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat move

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - The United States has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats in retaliation for Venezuela's having ordered two U.S. military attaches to leave the South American oil exporter last week, a U.S. official said on Monday.

UPDATE 5-Capriles, Maduro at each other's throats in Venezuela election race

* Accusations, insults fly at start of race * Crowds still mourn late President Hugo Chavez * Acting President Maduro favorite for April 14 vote (Adds fresh Capriles quotes, Globovision accepting buyout offer) By Andrew Cawthorne and Mario Naranjo CARACAS, March 11 (Reuters) - Presidential candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles have begun Venezuela's election race with scathing personal attacks even as mourners still file past Hugo Chavez's coffin.

Capriles, Maduro at each other's throats in Venezuela election

* Accusations, insults fly at start of vote race * Crowds still mourn late President Hugo Chavez * Acting president Maduro favorite for April 14 election By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS, March 11 (Reuters) - Presidential candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles have begun Venezuela's election race with scathing personal attacks even as mourners were still filing past the late Hugo Chavez's corpse.

New neighbor, an embalmed Chavez, fuels barrio pride

In death as in life, Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez is courting his political base after the government announced plans to embalm the firebrand leftist leader "like Lenin." His embalmed remains are coming soon to permanent display in an old military barracks-turned-museum atop a hillside slum, a huge source of local pride. Residents of the very humble "January 23" neighborhood -- where orange, yellow and blue cinderblock and tin-roof houses are precariously perched on picturesque steep slopes -- could not be more pleased to welcome a hero home.
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