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Hugo Chavez's body lies in state in Venezuela

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have been queuing to pay their last respects to President Hugo Chavez, who died on Tuesday after 14 years in power. His body is lying in state at the military academy in the capital Caracas before his state funeral on Friday. His supporters want him interred alongside Simon Bolivar, the 19th Century independence leader he claimed as his "revolutionary" inspiration. Mr Chavez died at the age of 58 after a two-year battle with cancer. Thousands queued through the night to file silently past the open coffin, where Mr Chavez is lying in an olive-green military uniform and his signature red beret. His family and close advisers, as well as the presidents of Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay, paid their respects on Wednesday. Other world leaders - including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - are flying into Caracas for his funeral. Several Latin American nations are holding periods of national mourning for the left-wing leader, who was a strong a