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Aug 4, 2011

‘Spare the weatherman’ call as US spending cuts loom

MIAMI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Nature has not stinted in
unleashing deadly weather on the United States this year and
U.S. leaders should recognize the need for good forecasting
services when they wield the cost-cutting knife, the director
of the National Weather Service said on Thursday.

Jack Hayes used the opportunity of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration’s updated 2011 Atlantic hurricane
forecast to stress “what taxpayers are getting in return for
their investment in the National Weather Service,” which is
part of NOAA.

Jul 7, 2011

Venezuela’s Chavez says surgery forces slower pace

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s convalescing President Hugo Chavez showed he was still boss on Thursday with an upbeat visit to a military base but said cancer surgery was forcing him to slow a famously punishing style of leadership.

“I mustn’t overdo it, I need to rein in the old horse,” Chavez told military cadets at Caracas’ Fuerte Tiuna base.

Jul 7, 2011

In politics and health, “Dr. Fidel” counsels Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) – When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was briefly deposed in a 2002 coup, it was Cuban leader Fidel Castro who roused foreign ambassadors to lobby for his return and helped organize his rescue by loyal troops.

Nearly a decade later, the Cuban “Comandante”, now 84, has rushed to the aid again of the Venezuelan socialist soul mate 30 years his junior. It was Castro who persuaded Chavez to undergo tests that led to the detection and removal of a cancerous tumor.

Jul 5, 2011

Analysis: Chavez foes see Venezuela’s cure in 2012 vote

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition says the ballot box, not the clutch of cancer, offers the best chance to unseat the president who has mocked its leaders for years.

The rollercoaster drama of President Hugo Chavez’s health woes has kept Venezuelans riveted for a month.

Jul 4, 2011

Stop “playing” with Venezuela, opponent tells Chavez

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez and his government have been “playing” with Venezuelans by not giving timely information about his cancer, or advance warning of his surprise homecoming, a leading opponent said on Monday.

As red-shirted Chavez supporters rejoiced in Caracas at his overnight return from Cuba after cancer treatment on the Caribbean island, Venezuela’s opposition scrambled to adjust to this latest twist in the zig-zagging presidential health drama.

Jul 4, 2011

Chavez homecoming is another turn by master showman

CARACAS (Reuters) – President Hugo Chavez’s surprise return to Venezuela from a rumor-plagued convalescence in Cuba after a cancer operation is the latest theatrical twist of a consummate showman with a career of dramatic comebacks.

Flying in the face of frenzied speculation that his illness might keep him out of Venezuela for weeks and possibly months, the beaming Venezuelan leader disembarked at Maiquetia airport near Caracas on Monday after an overnight flight whisked him from the Cuban clinic where he was being treated.

Jul 4, 2011

Smiling Chavez makes surprise return to Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s ever-unpredictable President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming from Cuba on Monday and declared himself “fine” despite speculation his cancer may still require lengthy treatment.

“I’m happy … I’m going to get some rest,” a bubbly-sounding Chavez told state TV by telephone after touching down in the early hours of the morning.

Jul 3, 2011

Chavez foes say his absence a security risk

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition said on Saturday President Hugo Chavez’s prolonged convalescence from cancer in Cuba put the country’s security and sovereignty at risk and it stepped up calls for him to delegate his powers.

“It is clear Chavez does not have the capacity to fully exercise his power … This is a very dangerous, nefarious precedent,” Roberto Enriquez, national president of the COPEI Christian Democrat opposition party, told reporters.

Jul 2, 2011

Chavez recovery questions keep Venezuela on edge

CARACAS (Reuters) – Anxious Venezuelans debated on Saturday how long President Hugo Chavez could take to recover after a cancer operation, despite government assurances the socialist leader will be fit to run for re-election next year.

The opposition has slammed his administration for withholding basic information about the president’s condition while insisting the 56-year-old remains fully in charge. Chavez planned to meet several of his ministers in Cuba on Saturday.

Jul 2, 2011

Uncertainty over Chavez’s recovery roils Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela was mired in uncertainty on Saturday over how long President Hugo Chavez would take to recover from a cancer operation, despite assurances by allies he will be fit to run for re-election next year.

The government said Chavez remains fully in charge. He planned to meet with several of his ministers in Cuba for talks on Saturday.

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      "I am based in Miami, heading the editorial reporting team covering the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. This includes Cuba and Haiti and we are also in charge of covering the annual Atlantic hurricane season and Space missions from Cape Canaveral. Previously, I was Chief Correspondent for West and Central Africa, and chief correspondent, Venezuela, following earlier postings in Cuba, Brazil, southern Africa, Portugal and Spain."
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