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Venezuela’s Chavez flies to Cuba for more treatment

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew back to Cuba for more radiation treatment after his latest cancer surgery. Surrounded by military guards of honor, the Venezuelan leader boarded a Havana-bound plane at Maiquetia International Airport at about 9:15 pm local time (0145 GMT Sunday). Earlier in the day, Chavez…

Chavez surgery in Cuba said to be successful

HAVANA — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was in good condition Tuesday after surgeons in Cuba removed a lesion from the pelvic area where they cut out a cancerous tumor last year, Vice President Elias Jaua said. “The diagnosed pelvic lesion was totally extracted,” said Jaua, adding that that “surrounding tissue”…

Chavez names minister cited by U.S. for drug trafficking

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appointed General Henry Rangel Silva as his defense minister despite US accusations he participates in drug trafficking. “Today I announce his appointment as the new minister of defense of the republic here in this sacred temple in front of the Virgin of Coromoto,” Chavez said during…

Mexican Grand Warlock predicts Obama loss in 2012

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Grand Warlock predicted US President Barack Obama would fail to win re-election and two more Latin American leaders would be diagnosed with cancer, in a traditional New Year’s forecast Tuesday. The Grand Warlock, or “Brujo Mayor” in Spanish, leads a Mexican tradition of “brujeria” or sorcery…

Venezuela’s Chavez: did U.S. give Latin American leaders cancer?

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speculated on Wednesday that the United States might have developed a way to give Latin American leaders cancer, after Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez joined the list of presidents diagnosed with the disease. It was a typically controversial statement by Venezuela’s socialist leader, who underwent…

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…

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…

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…

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