Caracas_ The head of the Simón Bolívar Campaign Command, Jorge Rodríguez, reiterated today the invitation of the Venezuelan government for an international accompaniment mission to attend the presidential elections and of regional and municipal legislators on May 20, Prensa Latina reports.

Havana_ Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has presented a new appeal of 'habeas corpus' before the second court in the country to avoid going to prison on Friday for a conviction for corruption, Radio Habana Cuba publishes.

Brasilia_ The Workers'' Party (PT) of Brazil ratified today that it will defend the candidacy of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva “to the last consequences'', Prensa Latina reports. 

Paris_ The railway strike that began this week in France enters today a three-day break period, although the National Railway Company (SNCF) announced that some affectations will persist, Prensa Latina reports.  

Gaza_ The Israeli army killed a Palestinian from the locality of Deir Al Balah, in the center of the Gaza Strip, during demonstrations in the East of the Bureij refugee camp, Prensa Latina reports.

Rio de Janeiro_ For the defense of democracy and in support of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the Brazilian left met in Rio de Janeiro, Radio Habana Cuba publishes.