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Feb 15, 2013

Venezuela publishes first photos of Chavez since surgery

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela published the first photos of cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez since his surgery in Cuba more than two months ago, showing him smiling while lying in bed reading a newspaper, flanked by his two daughters.

The government said on Friday that the 58-year-old president was still suffering respiratory problems after a lung infection, and that he was breathing through a tracheal tube.

Feb 2, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro accuses rival of “conspiring” against country

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro accused opposition leader Henrique Capriles on Saturday of “conspiring” against the OPEC nation during meetings in neighboring Colombia, stepping up his attacks on his most likely potential election rival.

The government is upbeat about President Hugo Chavez’s recovery from cancer surgery in Cuba. But the socialist maverick has not been seen in public or heard from in eight weeks, calling into question the future of his self-styled revolution.

Jan 25, 2013

Spanish newspaper sorry for “false photo” of Venezula’s Chavez

MADRID/CARACAS (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El Pais newspaper apologized on Thursday for splashing a “false photo” of Venezuela’s cancer-stricken leader Hugo Chavez on its front page, prompting a furious response from the government in Caracas, which vowed to take legal action.

Within minutes of posting the image online as a global exclusive, El Pais said it had discovered from social media that the photo was not of Chavez. It removed it from its website and withdrew its print edition.

Jan 24, 2013

Spain newspaper sorry for ‘false photo’ of Chavez

MADRID/CARACAS, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El
Pais newspaper apologised on Thursday for publishing a “false
photo” of cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,
removed the image from its website and withdrew its print
edition.

The Venezuelan government and the president of Argentina,
Chavez ally Cristina Fernandez, condemned the publication of the
photo. “As grotesque as it is false,” Venezuela’s information
minister said on Twitter.

Jan 23, 2013

Venezuela’s vice president says he’s target of assassination plot

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said unidentified groups had entered the country with the aim of assassinating him and the head of the National Assembly as President Hugo Chavez recovers from cancer in Cuba.

Maduro provided no proof of the claim, made at a rally on Wednesday to mark the end of a dictatorship in the OPEC nation 55 years ago, but he said action would be taken shortly.

Jan 20, 2013

Envoy says Venezuela open to better ties with U.S.

CARACAS, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government is open
to improving troubled ties with Washington and is considering a
U.S. proposal for the return of anti-drug agents kicked out of
the country eight years ago by President Hugo Chavez, a senior
official said.

There has been no word from Chavez since he had cancer
surgery in Cuba five weeks ago, so every move the government
makes in his absence is being picked over for clues to what the
OPEC nation might look like in a post-Chavez era.

Jan 19, 2013

Maduro slams business leaders over Venezuela economy comments

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s vice president hit out at the country’s business leaders on Saturday, saying they were seeking to destabilize the country while cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez fights to recover from surgery.

Chavez has not been seen in public nor heard from in five weeks since his latest operation in Cuba, and his heir apparent Nicolas Maduro has taken on an increasingly visible role as the face of the government in the OPEC nation.

Jan 15, 2013

Maduro stands in for Venezuela’s ailing Chavez in key speech

CARACAS, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Venezuelan Vice President
Nicolas Maduro gave a brief state of the nation address on
Tuesday in place of his ailing boss, Hugo Chavez, who has not
been seen in public since going to Cuba for cancer surgery more
than a month ago.

Maduro stood in for Chavez with a 10-minute speech before
Congress in which he defended the president’s decision to rule
the OPEC nation from a hospital bed in Havana, despite
opposition calls for him to step aside and name a temporary
president.

Jan 11, 2013

Venezuela hits inflation goal with 20.1 pct in 2012

CARACAS, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s inflation rate in
2012 was the lowest in four years as the effects of heavy
election-year government spending were offset by strict price
controls that kept the indicator within the central bank’s
target.

Consumer prices rose 20.1 percent, compared with a target of
20 percent to 22 percent, the bank said in a statement on
Friday.

Jan 11, 2013

Venezuela’s Maduro to visit Chavez again in Cuba

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro will fly to Cuba on Friday to visit cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez, a month after the socialist leader underwent his fourth operation in 18 months.

The 58-year-old president has not been seen nor heard from since the surgery, and has suffered multiple post-operative complications including a severe lung infection.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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