Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

Campaign signs and a bullhorn are propped in a stroller during a closing campaign for the ruling socialist party in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, June 26, 2015. The PSUV, the Spanish acronym for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, will hold nationwide primaries Sunday to select candidates for the upcoming December legislative elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela's ruling party courts youth vote with celebrity candidates

With only 26 years of age, Jesus Casanova has already earned a degree in journalism, is the owner of a South American swimming championship and last year was crowned Mister Venezuela in this beauty-obsessed nation. Along with a cadre of athletes, hip-hop artists and TV personalities, Casanova was one of several minor celebrities, most of them political novices, who competed Sunday in primaries to…

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