Africa has lost one of its five representative countries in the World Cup, while the champions were humiliated by a shock defeat by Chile.
Venezuelans have taken to the streets at a funeral parade for Hugo Chavez amid protests that the government was exploiting his death to win election.
Presidential candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles have begun Venezuela's election race with critical personal attacks.
Six weeks after his disappearance from the public eye for surgery, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is joking and giving instructions again, says an official.
Hugo Chavez's swearing-in for a new six-year term can be postponed if he is unable to attend due to his battle to recover from cancer surgery.
State elections will determine opposition leader Capriles's future ahead of possible new presidential vote if Hugo Chavez is incapacitated by cancer.
Venezuela's socialist leader Hugo Chavez has comfortably won re-election, quashing the opposition's best chance at unseating him in 14 years.