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Chavez wants Chile, Cuba to help lead new Americas bloc

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday urged Chile and Cuba to join him in a “troika” of core nations at the forefront of a new Americas bloc that excludes the United States and Canada. “The troika has to immediately assume responsibility,” said Chavez, the driving force behind the Community of…

New Americas summit dominated by criticism of U.S.

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez opened a summit Friday for a new Americas bloc that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called a “death sentence’ to US interference in Latin America. Latin American and Caribbean leaders gathered at a military fort for the two day meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), an alliance of 33 countries that excludes the…

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