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Dec 14, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez improving after surgery complications

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez suffered unexpected bleeding caused by a six-hour cancer operation in Cuba, the government said, although the ailing president’s condition began to improve on Thursday.

The 58-year-old’s health has deteriorated dramatically since he won re-election two months ago, casting doubt on the future of his “21st century socialism” project, which won him huge support among the poor but infuriated adversaries who denounce him as a fledgling dictator.

Dec 13, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez suffers complications after surgery

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez suffered bleeding after a six-hour cancer operation in Cuba, the government said on Thursday, adding to a stream of somber news about the ailing president’s condition.

Chavez’s health has worsened dramatically since he won re-election two months ago, casting doubt on the future of his “21st century socialism” project, which won him huge support among the poor but infuriated adversaries who call him a fledgling dictator.

Dec 13, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez in delicate state after surgery

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in stable but delicate condition after his latest cancer surgery, the government said on Wednesday in a sombre assessment that could indicate an end to his 14-year rule.

“Having been through a complex and delicate surgery, he is now in an equally complex post-operation process,” Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said on national television. “We trust in his strength.”

Dec 12, 2012

Factbox: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

CARCAS (Reuters) – Stricken by cancer since mid-2011, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in delicate condition after undergoing a six-hour operation that the government says was complex and difficult.

Here are some key facts about Chavez:

* Born to a poor family in Venezuela’s plains, or “llanos,” on July 28, 1954, Chavez once aspired to be a painter and then a professional baseball player in the U.S. Major Leagues.

Dec 12, 2012

Chavez cancer surgery successful, Venezuela VP says

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s cancer operation in Cuba on Tuesday was successful, his vice president said, adding it was a complicated procedure that lasted more than six hours.

The third recurrence of the socialist leader’s illness has thrown his 14-year-old presidency into jeopardy and upended politics in the South American OPEC nation.

Dec 11, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez undergoes cancer surgery in Cuba

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba on Tuesday for a cancer recurrence that has thrown his presidency into jeopardy and upended politics in the South American OPEC nation.

“My dear friend and colleague, Comandante Hugo Chavez, is going through the toughest times of his life,” said Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, a fellow leftist. “He is being operated on right now. It’s a very delicate operation.”

Dec 9, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez suffers cancer again, names potential heir

CARACAS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
returns to Cuba on Sunday for more surgery after a recurrence of
cancer led him to name a successor for the first time in case
the disease ends his 14-year dominance of the OPEC nation.

Throngs of shocked supporters gathered in squares across the
South American country to pray for and show solidarity with the
58-year-old socialist leader, who was re-elected for a new
six-year term in October.

Dec 9, 2012

Chavez suffers cancer recurrence, names potential successor

CARACAS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez
returns to Cuba on Sunday for m ore surgery after a recurrence of
cancer l ed him to name a successor for the first time in a sign
the disease may force an end to his 14-year rule.

Supporters prepared to gather in city squares across the
South American country, shocked and saddened by the news from
the 58-year-old socialist leader, who made the announcement in a
late-night broadcast on Saturday from the presidential palace.

Dec 9, 2012

Chavez returning to Cuba for more cancer surgery, names successor

CARACAS, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez returns
to Cuba on Sunday for another operation after doctors found a
recurrence of his cancer, and the president named a successor
for the first time in a sign his illness could force him to step
aside.

Supporters prepared to gather in city squares across the
South American country, shocked and saddened by the news from
the 58-year-old socialist leader, who made the announcement in a
late-night broadcast on Saturday from the presidential palace.

Dec 9, 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez to have another cancer operation

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday he would undergo another cancer operation in the coming days after doctors in Cuba found a third recurrence of malignant cells in his pelvic area.

The news is a big blow for his supporters in South America’s biggest oil exporter, who elected him in October to a new six-year term in power. Chavez has twice said he was cured, and then had to return to Cuba for more surgery.

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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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