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Pro-government supporters rally in Venezuela

Several hundred supporters of the Venezuelan government staged a colorful rally in the capital Caracas on Saturday, as opponents called for more protests against President Nicolas Maduro and his leftist administration.

Actor admits difficulty in playing Cesar Chavez

Playing the film role of union leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez was "difficult", said actor Michael Pena.

Chavez has operation, no official word on health

Venezuelans on both sides of the political divide waited anxiously on Monday for news on the president`s health.

Venezuela denies Chavez in critical condition

Chavez`s government said he had an operation for a pelvic abscess on June 10 and continues to mend.

Shakira has nothing to do with Chavez gift: Publicist

The controversial leader had publicly thanked Shakira last weekend after he was presented with the red electric guitar.

Venezuela`s Chavez says full employment if re-elected

Chavez has set a goal to create more than 3 million jobs in eight years to end unemployment.

New Venezuela parliament faces empowered Chavez

Opposition parties take up gains in Venezuela`s National Assembly Wednesday but President Hugo Chavez has countered the loss of his supermajority by taking on special decree powers and reining in dissent.

Chavez dares US to cut ties over envoy row

Venezuelan Prez
dared the US to "cut off diplomatic
relations" over his opposition to US.

Chavez seeks power to rule by decree for 1 year

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asked congress Tuesday to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers.

Chavez to talk energy, defence in Moscow

Venezuela`s maverick President Hugo Chavez was due to arrive in Moscow on Thursday for two days of talks on energy, defence and finance deals with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Chavez puts pressure on Colombia ahead of polls

Venezuelan Prez has stepped up his words of war with neighboring Colombia ahead of polls.

Chavez says may break Colombia ties in rebel spat

Venezuelan Prez Chavez threatened to break ties with Colombia after Bogota accused him of tolerating the presence of leftist rebels.

Chavez, Venezuelan church clash over freedoms

Prez Hugo Chavez and leaders of the Venezuelan Catholic Church are tangling like never before, angering parishioners who feel the president and his clerical detractors aren`t following Jesus Christ`s creed of brotherly love.

Chavez celebrates 11 years in power

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez celebrated 11 years in power on his 55th birthday and hopes to continue as head of state for another similar term.

Colombia rejects Chavez charge over spy drones

Colombia on Monday dismissed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez`s charges that drones flying from Colombia are spying on him, with a senior official saying Venezuelan troops instead may have seen "Father Christmas` sleigh."

Venezuela`s Chavez sees US threat in Dutch islands

Hugo Chavez accused the Netherlands on Thursday of allowing the United States to use Dutch islands off Venezuela`s Caribbean coast to prepare a possible military attack against his country.

Venezuela acquires thousands of missiles: Chavez

President Hugo Chavez said Monday that Venezuela has received thousands of Russian-made missiles and rocket launchers as part of his government`s military preparations for a possible armed conflict with neighboring Colombia.

Venezuelan Prez threatens to nationalize banks

President Hugo Chavez has threatened to nationalize banks that violate regulations, saying he`ll do whatever is necessary to prevent irregularities amid a scandal that has prompted his govt to take over management of four banks.

Chavez, Ahmadinejad sign agreements

President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have consolidated a relationship here that the former called "exemplary". They signed new accords and gave speeches defending their cooperation.

Chavez asking Cubans to `bomb clouds` amid drought

Venezuela`s President Hugo Chavez says he will join a team of Cuban scientists on flights to "bomb clouds" to create rain amid a severe drought that has aroused public anger due to water and electricity rationing.