World Bulletin / News Desk
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged his supporters to vote early at Sunday's election, saying the key to him winning another six-year term as leader of South America's biggest oil exporter was organization and logistics.
Chavez, 58, is in a race with 40-year-old state governor Henrique Capriles, and both camps are now focused on their final rallies and getting their supporters to the polls.
The socialist president, a former army officer, called on his followers to rouse their neighbors with trumpets and bugles in a military-style, pre-dawn wake-up call that has been used in previous elections.
"It should be at 3 a.m. Get some nice coffee, some good chocolate, an early breakfast. We have to work very hard in the logistics, the deployment. Water, food for the troops, transport to the polls, to the voting centers," Chavez told thousands of red-shirted "Chavistas" in the central city of Yaritagua.
"We have to take good care of all these aspects, the strategy the tactics ... What's at stake is too important: the next 100 years of the fatherland."
Among the half dozen or so major local pollsters, most put Chavez far ahead.
Nigeria have freed 20 women and children from the Boko Haram hideouts in the Sambisa Forest.
The Burundi National Security Council has called for all protests to cease.
19 Malian soldiers have been captured by opposition soldiers in Mali.
The leaders of Turkish and Greek communities have put aside peace negotiations toured Lefkosa.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that today they were on the last stretch of negotiations that will release 7.2bn euro's to prevent bankruptcy
Anti-drug officers have raided the house of Kashamu Buruji, wanted by the US for drug related offenses.
The Congress of Journalists of the Turkic World will meet in Russia on May 26.
Germany's relations with the US intelligence NSA have apparently cooled after secret documents were leaked to the media by a German parliamentary committee.
Five asylum seekers from two boats have died off the Tunisia coast after the boats capsized.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that if Ukraine defaults, Russia will take a tough position against them, including defending any national interests.
A number of small towns and villages have been taken over by the al-Shabaab in southern Somalia.
The Bank of England has confirmed that it is researching all possible implications of a possible British EU exit.
Two people, including the senior transport officer in Mogadishu have been killed in a drive-by shooting.
Two provinces are now under state of emergency have clashes over a mining project turned violent.
After a campaign by teacher and student unions, the University of Helsinki has cancelled the G4S contract, followed by North Carolina also dropping their contract that provided security services in civic buildings which has now been replaced by a local company.
UN members have failed to agree on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East.