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Chavez: Venezuela arrests U.S. 'mercenary'updated: Fri Aug 10 2012 17:40:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said authorities have arrested a U.S. citizen who "had all the appearances of a mercenary" working to destabilize the South American country's government.

Venezuelan diesel shipments to Syria fuel controversyupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 10:03:00

While many world leaders have condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the embattled leader has found an ally in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez opponents question doctor's arrestupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 11:30:00

Opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are questioning the arrest of a medical doctor accused of leaking state secrets.

Venezuelan private broadcaster to pay fine after seizure orderupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 11:12:00

A private Venezuelan television station openly critical of President Hugo Chavez said Friday it will pay a hefty fine after the country's highest court ordered that its assets be seized.

Venezuela's Chavez registers for re-election bidupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 23:13:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez filed the formal paperwork declaring his re-election bid Monday, as cheering crowds packed a plaza outside the election authority headquarters in Venezuela's capital.

Venezuela's Chavez appears chipper, energetic on state TVupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 16:22:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, dogged by widespread speculation about his health, appeared chipper and energetic in a television appearance over the weekend.

Chavez opponent wants to be a uniterupdated: Wed May 16 2012 06:33:00

He is running against one of the world's most recognized presidential strongmen, but Henrique Capriles, the governor of the Venezuelan state of Miranda, exudes confidence.

Chavez secrecy leaves Venezuela on edgeupdated: Wed May 09 2012 05:04:00

Hugo Chavez's secrecy about his cancer is leaving many in Venezuela on edge. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

For Venezuela's president, a year of health strugglesupdated: Wed May 09 2012 05:04:00

It started with an unscheduled phone call to an evening TV show.

Significant dates in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health struggleupdated: Wed May 09 2012 00:09:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is battling cancer. Health problems began to pop up for him a year ago. Here are some key dates, according to government statements, local media accounts and CNN reporting:

Chavez council stirs succession speculationupdated: Thu May 03 2012 14:08:00

With his health in question and speculation rampant about his future, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has named 10 Venezuelans to an influential commission.

Venezuela's Chavez to head back to Cuba for more cancer treatmentupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 20:32:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday he will return to Havana to undergo more cancer treatment.

Venezuelan minister says Chavez is in full control updated: Fri Apr 27 2012 20:43:00

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said Friday that President Hugo Chavez is recovering well from cancer treatment and is in full control of all that is going on in the country.

Venezuela's Chavez returns homeupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 10:59:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home early Thursday after receiving cancer treatments in Cuba.

Venezuela's Chavez responds to rumors of his deathupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 07:02:00

Ending a more than week-long silence, Hugo Chavez took to the airwaves Monday to refute rumors of his death.

Chavez returns to Venezuela after latest round of treatmentupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 05:50:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home late Wednesday night from his latest round of cancer treatment in Cuba and told the nation he was "advancing with great faith" in his battle.

State media: Chavez returning to Venezuelaupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 20:40:00

Hugo Chavez was leaving Cuba and heading back to Venezuela Wednesday night, state media reported.

Venezuela's Chavez returns to Cuba for cancer treatmentupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 07:32:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew to Cuba early Sunday morning for another round of radiation treatment.

Chavez to return to Cuba for cancer treatmentupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 22:27:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will fly to Cuba Saturday night to continue cancer treatment, he said Friday.

Chavez says he's heading for Venezuelaupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 22:22:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said in a Twitter post Wednesday night that he was heading back to his country after a round of radiation treatment in Cuba.

Venezuela's Chavez returns to Cuba for more treatmentupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 00:50:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is expected to begin radiation treatment Sunday in Cuba, where he underwent cancer surgery late last month.

Venezuela's Chavez to return to Cuba for more treatmentupdated: Sat Mar 24 2012 20:04:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that he will head back to Havana to begin radiation treatment.

Water controversy erupts in Venezuelaupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 22:14:00

Governors of several Venezuelan states have warned that recent oil spills and other contamination could be polluting local drinking water.

Chavez heads home after cancer treatmentupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 22:14:00

Hugo Chavez leaves Cuba for Venezuela to run for reelection and fight cancer. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

Chavez returns to Venezuela after cancer surgery in Cubaupdated: Sat Mar 17 2012 05:13:00

President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela on Friday after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba.

Chavez says he's getting ready to go homeupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 06:17:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he will return to his homeland by the weekend, following cancer surgery last month.

Cuba sin Chávez: ¿Funcionaria?updated: Mon Mar 12 2012 06:17:00

Carlos Alberto Montaner analiza la política de Venezuela y Cuba.

Chavez says he's getting new cancer treatmentupdated: Sun Mar 04 2012 14:38:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez faces a new round of treatment for a recurrence of cancer following abdominal surgery last week, he announced Sunday.

Chavez to Venezuelans: 'I'm doing well'updated: Thu Mar 01 2012 22:26:00

In his first live public comments since undergoing surgery here on Tuesday to remove a tumor from his abdomen, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that he was on the path to recovery.

New health battle for Hugo Chavezupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 22:26:00

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez says a new lesion has been found. CNN's Luis Carlos Velez reports.

Chavez illness changes the game for Venezuelan electionupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 22:05:00

The possibility that poor health may prevent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from being re-elected in October has altered the country's political landscape.

Official: Chavez surgery successfulupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 07:33:00

Doctors in Cuba have successfully removed a lesion from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, authorities said Tuesday.

Venezuela's Chavez to undergo surgery next weekupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 16:38:00

Doctors in Cuba will operate on Hugo Chavez early next week, the Venezuelan president said Thursday.

Chavez says he will go to Cuba for surgeryupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 17:57:00

Speculation and messages of support surged in Venezuela Wednesday, a day after President Hugo Chavez announced he would travel to Cuba for surgery.

Chavez says he will undergo surgery after doctors detect lesionupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 17:48:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that he will undergo surgery to remove a lesion from the same area where doctors removed a cancerous tumor from his body last year.

Jewish groups decry 'anti-Semitic' Venezuelan state media articleupdated: Sun Feb 19 2012 17:25:00

Two Jewish organizations are calling on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop what they say are anti-Semitic attacks by his government's media.

Venezuelan President Chavez dismisses challengers, but one is showing strengthupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 09:13:00

When an opposition candidate challenged Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to a debate last month, his reply was "aguila no caza mosca" -- "the eagle doesn't hunt the fly."

Capriles cruises to victory in Venezuela's primary electionupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 08:51:00

With 95% of votes counted, Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles cruised to an easy primary win in Venezuela on Sunday, garnering some 62% of the vote. He will face President Hugo Chavez in October.

Hugo Chávez y la reelecciónupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 08:51:00

El presidente de Venezuela opina sobre las elecciones presidenciales.

Chavez still battling cancer, Spanish newspaper saysupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 05:53:00

Cancer has spread in Hugo Chavez's colon, spine and bones, and the Venezuelan president could have only nine months to live, Spain's ABC newspaper reported Monday, citing medical records provided by unidentified intelligence sources.

Chávez habla ante la Asamblea Nacionalupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 05:53:00

El presidente Chávez habla ante la Asamblea Nacional sobre las elecciones.

Venezuela's Chavez orders Miami consulate closedupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 17:30:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that he has decided to close the country's consulate in Miami after the United States expelled a Venezuelan diplomat in the same city.

Chavez says he won't respect World Bank panel's decisionupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 09:21:00

When the World Bank's arbitration body weighs in on a dispute between Venezuela and ExxonMobil, President Hugo Chavez says he won't respect the decision.

Chavez: Is U.S. behind spate of cancer among Latin American leaders?updated: Thu Dec 29 2011 14:48:00

A day after officials announced the cancer diagnosis of Argentina's president, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wondered Wednesday if the United States could be infecting the region's leaders with the illness.

Venezuelan lawmaker warns opposition to steer clear of Chavez strongholdsupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 17:56:00

As a Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate said she would demand an investigation of a weekend shooting at a campaign event, one ruling party lawmaker had a different take: The candidate should have seen the violence coming.

Gadhafi's friend to the death, Chavez calls Libyan leader 'a martyr'updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 20:02:00

It was the year 2000. Standing at attention, a relatively unknown Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, only 18 months after taking office, was positioned right next to one of the world's most-controversial dictators.

Chavez: 'Not a malignant cell in this body'updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 05:47:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, back in his home country after five days of medical tests in Cuba, said Thursday that he was cured from the cancer he was diagnosed with this year.

Hugo Chavez makes public appearanceupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 05:47:00

CNN's Hala Gorani talks to Eric Farnsworth about the recent public appearance of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela's Chavez heads home after medical tests in Cubaupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 05:03:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez heads home Thursday after undergoing five days of medical tests in Cuba.

Top court in Venezuela upholds ban on Chavez foeupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 22:53:00

Venezuela's Supreme Court rejected a ruling from an international human rights court Monday, all but assuring opposition candidate Leopoldo Lopez will not challenge President Hugo Chavez in next year's election.

Venezuela's Chavez heads back to Cuba for more medical testsupdated: Sat Oct 15 2011 17:27:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will head back to Cuba on Saturday to undergo more medical tests, state media reported.

Chavez opponents optimistic heading into 2012updated: Tue Oct 04 2011 13:10:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is a divisive leftist, but nonetheless has bested (fairly or unfairly, as some say) his political challengers in two re-elections and one recall referendum since taking office in 1999.

Venezuela's Chavez dismisses reports of poor recoveryupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 18:04:00

In response to a report that his health was failing and that he had been rushed to the hospital, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that he had the best proof that his recovery from chemotherapy is advancing fine.

Chavez heads to Cuba for chemoupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 05:40:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez talks about heading back to Cuba for his fourth, and possibly final, chemotherapy treatment.

Chavez audio recording seeks to dispel rumors about his health updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 05:40:00

An audio recording of a confident-sounding, strident President Hugo Chavez aired on Venezuelan state-run television on Sunday, with the ailing president assuring listeners he is recovering successfully from his last round of chemotherapy in Cuba.

Chavez back in Venezuela after treatment in Cuba updated: Fri Sep 23 2011 07:49:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to Caracas on Thursday night after the fourth treatment of chemotherapy in Havana.

Venezuela's Chavez heads to Cuba for fourth round of chemotherapyupdated: Sat Sep 17 2011 19:07:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that he is headed back to Cuba for his fourth -- and possibly final -- round of chemotherapy, state news reported.

Chavez announces fourth round of chemoupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 13:17:00

A throat infection sidelined Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for a few days, but on Tuesday he said he is ready to begin what will be his fourth cycle of chemotherapy.

State media: Chavez set to undergo chemotherapy in Venezuelaupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 18:29:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Saturday that he was hours away from a third phase of chemotherapy, state media reported.

Chavez: Venezuela's embassy in Tripoli 'attacked and plundered'updated: Wed Aug 24 2011 22:46:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told reporters Wednesday that his country's embassy in Libya's capital was "attacked and plundered."

Chavez: Venezuela will nationalize gold mines, recall reservesupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 04:05:00

Venezuela will nationalize the exploration and mining of gold and recall $11 billion in gold reserves from foreign banks, President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday.

Nationalize gold?updated: Thu Aug 18 2011 04:05:00

Alberto Bernal of Bulltick Capital Markets talks about Venezuela's plan to nationalize the gold industry.

Chavez returns to Venezuela after chemotherapy treatmentupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 11:49:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned to his country after undergoing a second round of chemotherapy in Cuba, state media reported Sunday.

Chavez in Cuba for more cancer treatmentupdated: Sun Aug 07 2011 10:11:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has arrived in Cuba for the next phase of his cancer treatment, Venezuelan state media reported Sunday.

Venezuela's Chavez to go back to Cuba for treatmentupdated: Sat Aug 06 2011 05:28:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has asked lawmakers to approve a trip to Cuba, where he is expected to continue cancer treatment.

Chavez appears on state television with shaved headupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 02:39:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appeared on state television with a shaved head Monday, telling viewers it is a sign that his cancer treatment is working.

Chavez: Illness won't stop re-election bidupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 09:38:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is pledging to run for re-election next year, dismissing speculation that cancer treatment would force him out of the political arena.

Report: Chavez is back in Venezuelaupdated: Sun Jul 24 2011 06:07:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has arrived in his home country from Cuba, where he underwent cancer treatment, the Venezuelan state-run broadcaster VTV reported Saturday.

Hugo Chavez back in Cubaupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 05:51:00

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is back in Cuba for cancer treatment. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Venezuela's Chavez touches down in Cuba for cancer treatmentupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 05:51:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has arrived in Cuba where he is expected to continue cancer treatment.

Chavez optimistic in cancer fightupdated: Sat Jul 16 2011 22:16:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reveals he's battling cancer and remains optimistic. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Chavez delegates some powers as he heads to Cuba for cancer treatmentupdated: Sat Jul 16 2011 22:16:00

For the first time in his more than 12 years in office, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez delegated some of his powers to his vice president and finance minister, just hours before a trip to Cuba on Saturday for cancer treatment.

Venezuela's Chavez seeks to return to Cuba for cancer treatmentupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 21:26:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday he is seeking congressional approval to return to Cuba to continue cancer treatment.

Venezuelan leader changes his tuneupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 03:18:00

It has appeared repeatedly on Venezuelan state television, government ads, and the even the president's Twitter account. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has a new populist slogan.

Chemotherapy a possibility, Venezuela's Chavez saysupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 09:58:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his cancer treatment may require radiation therapy and chemotherapy, comments that shed a little more light on the state of his health after he underwent surgery to remove a tumor last month.

Chavez creates new Cabinet post, denies speculation about reshufflingupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 21:13:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez created a new Cabinet post focusing on the country's youth Thursday, but he dismissed widespread speculation about reshuffling within his inner circle.

Brazil offers cancer care for ailing Chavezupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 13:49:00

The Brazilian government has offered to provide cancer treatment to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who just returned to his homeland after having a cancerous tumor removed in Cuba, the Brazilian Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported.

Chavez, back in Venezuela, skips independence paradeupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 06:43:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, back in his homeland after a prolonged absence in Cuba where he was treated for cancer, did not attend the country's bicentennial parade in person Tuesday.

Chavez vows to win 'battle for life'updated: Wed Jul 06 2011 06:43:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at his country's bicentennial after having a cancerous tumor removed in Cuba.

Chavez returns, vows to recoverupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 02:34:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to the nation's capital of Caracas after surgery in Cuba to remove a tumor.

Chavez, back in Venezuela, says he will win 'battle for life'updated: Tue Jul 05 2011 02:34:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned unexpectedly Monday to his nation's capital, where he vowed to win the "battle for life" after undergoing emergency surgery in Cuba.

Chavez stay in Cuba could last for months, official saysupdated: Sat Jul 02 2011 13:56:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's stay in Cuba, where he is being treated for cancer, could last for months, the country's vice president told a Colombian radio station.

Chavez details recent surgery in speechupdated: Sat Jul 02 2011 13:56:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez discusses his recent surgery in Cuba. CNN's Luis Carlos Velez reports.

Recuperating Chavez says he is eating well, in 'good spirits'updated: Fri Jul 01 2011 23:06:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, said Friday he is recuperating and thankful that former Cuban President Fidel Castro pushed him to seek additional care.

Chavez says doctors removed cancerous tumor from his bodyupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 09:10:00

Doctors in Cuba detected and removed a cancerous tumor from Hugo Chavez's body, the Venezuelan president announced in a speech broadcast on state-run VTV Thursday night.

Additional video of Chavez broadcast in Venezuelaupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 21:23:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose condition after surgery two weeks ago has fueled rampant speculation about his health, appeared in a video Wednesday walking and talking with Fidel Castro.

With Chavez ailing, Venezuela postpones planned summitupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 21:15:00

Citing the recuperation of President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan government announced Wednesday it will postpone the Third Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean on Integration and Development.

Venezuelan state TV airs first video of Chavez since surgeryupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 07:15:00

Venezuela's state-run television network aired video images Tuesday of President Hugo Chavez meeting with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Chavez allies dismiss reports of cancerupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 16:20:00

A close ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denied media reports that the South American leader has prostate cancer.

Venezuela's Chavez breaks silence with tweetsupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 13:19:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez broke a 12-day silence on Friday, sending messages via his Twitter account while recovering from surgery in Cuba.

Details scarce on Chavez's condition after surgeryupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 23:49:00

More than 11 days after doctors in Cuba performed emergency surgery on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the official information released about his condition could fit on one side of an index card.

Chavez undergoes surgery in Cubaupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 08:16:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez underwent surgery Friday in Cuba, a top official in Caracas said.

Chavez mocks missile base reportsupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 22:07:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mocked reports that his country is building missile launchers in its territory with the help of Iran.

Chavez stands behind Syrian leaderupdated: Fri May 20 2011 14:02:00

Syria, facing U.S. sanctions for violent crackdowns on protesters, is "the victim of a fascist onslaught," Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday via Twitter.

Study: Colombian rebels were willing to kill for Venezuela's Chavezupdated: Tue May 10 2011 19:04:00

Leftist guerrillas with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) offered Venezuela's intelligence agency "training in urban terrorism involving targeted killings" and suggested they were willing to assassinate opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, according to a new study of the Colombian rebels' records.

Venezuela's Chavez receives press freedom award in Argentinaupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 17:59:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was given a prestigious journalism award in Argentina on Tuesday, despite his frequent and outspoken criticism of media outlets at home and abroad.

Chavez: Gadhafi wants U.N. to visit Libyaupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 09:16:00

Venezuela's president says embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was receptive to the idea of an international commission coming to the North African country when the two heads of state spoke this week.

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