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Dozens of leaders to Chavez funeral, from Cuba to Iran

Venezuelan officials boasted that up to 55 world leaders will attend the state funeral of President Hugo Chavez on Friday, including US bugbears Cuba, Iran and Belarus. Interim leader Nicolas Maduro said heads of state or government from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean have confirmed their attendance…

Venezuela releases first photos of Chavez in hospital

Venezuela on Friday released the first photos of President Hugo Chavez since he underwent his fourth round of cancer surgery in Havana back in December. The shots gave Venezuelans living in a state of limbo without their once media-happy and larger than life commandante a first glimpse of him as…

Venezuela rejects World Bank arbitration in dispute with ExxonMobil

CARACAS — Venezuela will not recognize any decisions by the World Bank’s arbitration forum, President Hugo Chavez said Sunday, digging his heels in over a multibillion-dollar dispute with ExxonMobil. “We have to get out of the ICSID,” Chavez said, referring to the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes. “We…

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…

Kirchner celebrates re-election landslide in Argentina

President Cristina Kirchner celebrated a landslide re-election victory in Argentine elections, giving an emotional speech a year after the death of her husband and political partner. “I’m the first woman to be re-elected president. I don’t want anything more,” the center-left politician said to a rowdy crowd in a Buenos…

Fox News promotes Nazis who claim to support ‘Occupy Wall St.’

Conservative media have jumped over the story of the American Nazi Party supporting Occupy Wall Street. It all started last week, when the party’s chairman Rocky Suhayda praised the protests, saying, “My heart is right there with these people.” Seeing that as an opportunity to paint the movement as somehow…

Venezuela’s Chavez denies health problems

President Hugo Chavez appeared before journalists to deny reports his health had taken a turn for the worse, saying he was “doing well” as he recovers from cancer treatment. The Venezuelan president showed up at the Miraflores presidential palace wearing a baseball cap and glove, tossing a ball as he commented about his health…

Chavez in hospital for emergency care: report

MIAMI — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has been fighting cancer, was rushed to a military hospital for emergency care following kidney failure, according to El Nuevo Herald newspaper. The leftist, staunchly anti-US stalwart Chavez went into the Military Hospital in Caracas on Tuesday morning, the report on the newspaper’s…

Venezuela’s Chavez turns to shamans to fight cancer

Shamans from tribes in Venezuela’s Amazon jungle held a ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace Saturday to help Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recover from his cancer treatment. Chavez, who insists that he was “not sick but recovering” from cancer, greeted the shamans wearing a track suit in the colors of…

Oliver Stone son in Iran to plan documentary

TEHRAN — The son of triple Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, who annoyed Iranians with his 2004 movie “Alexander,” is in Iran to make arrangements for a documentary, Iranian news agencies reported on Tuesday. “Sean Stone is in Iran to make arrangements for filming a documentary,” the ILNA news agency quoted…

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