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Venezuelan Presidential Election Set for April 14

Venezuela's electoral commission says the country will hold a presidential election April 14 to replace Hugo Chavez, the socialist leader who died earlier this week of cancer.

Saturday's announcement comes a day after Vice President Nicolas Maduro -- Mr. Chavez' favored successor -- was sworn in as acting president.

Analysts say Maduro is the early favorite to win the election in a face-off with opposition governor Henrique Capriles.

Eighteen Latin American presidents and several other foreign leaders attended Friday's funeral for Mr. Chavez. The United States sent a diplomatic delegation.



President Chavez died Tuesday, two years after announcing his illness. His death devastated millions of mostly poor supporters who revered him for offering the promise of a better future. His death also gave renewed hope to opponents who denounced him as a dictator.

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Generosity Overwhelms Quake-Stricken Nepal

Multimedia Quake Overwhelms Nepal

VOA's Steve Herman describes the scene in Kathmandu, where quake survivors persevere despite death toll, which now exceeds 4,300 More

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