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General: Heart attack killed a suffering Chavez

Accompanied by his daughter Rosa Virginia, left, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez gestures to supporters as he leaves the polling station after voting in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.  AP FILE PHOTO

President Hugo Chavez died of a massive heart attack after great suffering and inaudibly mouthed his desire to live, the head of Venezuela’s presidential guard said late Wednesday.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Even after death, Chavez gets choice of successor

In this June 2, 2011, file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, holds a crutch as he welcomes Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, not in picture, at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela on Tuesday, March 5, 2013,  accused its enemies of causing President Hugo Chavez's cancer hours before he died, and expelled two US military officers for an alleged plot to destabilize the nation.  AP/ARIANA CUBILLOS

Venezuelans stripped of their larger-than-life leader awoke to an uncertain future on Wednesday, with jittery throngs flocking to supermarkets and gas stations to stock up, and anti-American vitriol infusing official statements and the chants of the street.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

With Chavez stricken, elections become crucial

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez create a poster with his image alongside an outline of their country in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Chavez's most influential allies are projecting an image of unity while the president recovers from cancer surgery in Cuba, standing side-by-side and pledging to uphold his socialist movement no matter what happens. AP/Ariana Cubillos

Hugo Chavez’s cancer has upended politics in Venezuela, transforming Sunday’s nationwide elections for state governors and legislators into a test of his legacy that could chart the country’s future in the uncertain months ahead.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Chavez names new vice president in Venezuela

Venezuela's long time Foreign Minster Nicolas Maduro attends a ceremony declaring President Hugo Chavez official winner of Sunday's presidential elections at the Electoral Council in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. During the event Chavez announced he was naming Maduro as new vice president. AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez named a new vice president on Wednesday, choosing his longtime foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro.

Posted: October 11th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Refinery blast kills 39 in Venezuela, dozens hurt

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A Venezuelan PDVSA state oil company worker walks after an explosion in Venezuelan largest oil refinery Amuay, part of the larger Paraguana Oil Refining Complex, on August 25, 2012, in Punto Fijo, Falcon state, northwestern Venezuela. According to official sources, the blast left at least 26 people killed, injured 80 others and caused extensive damage. Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said the blast was sparked by a gas leak, the cause of which remained to be determined. AFP/ LEO RAMIREZ

A huge explosion rocked Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery and unleashed a ferocious fire on Saturday, killing at least 26 people and injuring more than 80 others in one of the deadliest disasters ever to hit the country’s key oil industry.

Posted: August 26th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »