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Venezuela in crisis as Maduro limps to a year in power

A year after promising to continue Hugo Chavez’s legacy, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to lead an oil-rich country plagued by economic crisis, violent protests, and rampant crime. Maduro, the self-proclaimed “son” of iconic leader Chavez, was narrowly elected after Chavez died from cancer and was sworn in April…

‘Revolutionary’ honors Chavez with her ‘people’s barber shop’

Ana Urdaneta, 64, proudly displays a poster of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez in her makeshift “people’s barber shop” in downtown Caracas. Although her beloved president died of cancer earlier this year, Urdaneta says his Venezuelan revolution goes on, with every snip of her scissors. Urdaneta’s particular calling is providing…

Former S.C. Republican official: ‘C*cksucker’ anti-war vet should have ‘come home in a body bag’

The former head of the South Carolina Republican Party on Sunday lashed out at an Iraq war veteran who now opposes the war, saying that he should have “come home in a body bag.” In a series of tweets, former South Carolina GOP executive director Todd Kincannon blasted Iraq war…

Rev. Jesse Jackson prays for improved U.S.-Venezuelan relationship at Chavez funeral

Hollywood star Sean Penn, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and a pair of US politicians joined mourners at Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez’s funeral Friday, with the reverend praying for better US-Venezuelan relations. A somber-looking Penn, wearing a black suit and tie, sat among the crowd of foreign dignitaries who paid…

Chavez arrives in Cuba for more radiation treatment

HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro has received his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, who arrived for a second round of radiation therapy as part of his back-and-forth cancer treatment in Havana, state media reported Sunday. The Venezuelan president was accompanied by his foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro, according to Juventud Rebelde…

Chavez faces more cancer treatment before Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez said he will needradiation treatment for cancer in the run-up to Venezuela’s October presidential poll, though he insisted there was no metastasis after the removal of another tumor. “I will live! I will overcome!” the 57-year-old socialist leader said in a televised meeting with some cabinet colleagues from Cuba,…

Venezuela’s Chavez faces challenge as opposition votes

Venezuelan opposition parties are holding their first primary on Sunday to pick a unity candidate to battle ailing President Hugo Chavez, in power for more than a decade, in an October vote. Five candidates are running in the opposition contest with the favorite Henrique Capriles, 39, the energetic governor 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…

Venezuela rescues kidnapped baseball star Ramos

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan security forces rescued kidnapped Major League Baseball player Wilson Ramos on Friday, two days after he was abducted in a case that underlined the country’s dire security problems. The 24-year-old catcher for the Washington Nationals was abducted by armed men on Wednesday evening while he chatted…

Chavez slams ‘horrible repression’ of U.S. protests

CARACAS (Reuters) – Socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez condemned on Saturday the “horrible repression” of anti-Wall Street protesters and termed a Republican presidential candidate “crazy” for his criticism of Cuba and Venezuela. Although still convalescing from cancer surgery in June followed by four rounds of chemotherapy, the 57-year-old Venezuelan president is…

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