The countries of the European south, Greece in particular, have suffered due to the world crisis of capital. The crisis has now turned on the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus with a vengeance.
For any African country to have a strong competitor to play off against the companies and governments is seen as a step forward by many African leaders.
France has sent 350 troops to counter the Seleka (rebel) forces that have taken control of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.
Francois Hollande and David Cameron announced that their governments would push for an end to the European Union embargo on selling weapons to rebel forces in Syria.
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.