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Hugo Chavez body to be embalmed for perpetual display

In this Dec. 7, 2000 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chaves holds up a Venezuelan army rifle during a nationally televised press conference in Caracas, Venezuela. AP

Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and now Hugo Chavez. The late leader’s supporters have put him on a pedestal long provided for the world’s great leftist revolutionaries by saying they will embalm his body for perpetual display.

Posted: March 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Chavez body to be put on permanent display

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Servicemen help a woman move out of the crowd waiting to see the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez at the military academy where he is lying in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 7, 2013. While Venezuela remains deeply divided over the country's future, the multitudes who reached the president's coffin were united in grief and admiration for a man many considered a father figure. Chavez died on March 5 at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

Hugo Chavez’s body will be preserved and forever displayed inside a glass tomb at a military museum not far from the presidential palace from which he ruled for 14 years, his successor announced Thursday in a Caribbean version of the treatment given Communist revolutionary leaders such as Lenin, Mao and Ho Chi Minh.

Posted: March 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Maduro to be sworn in as interim leader Friday, call polls

Acting President Nicolas Maduro AP FILE PHOTO

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro will be officially sworn in as interim president after Hugo Chavez’s state funeral Friday and he will then call for elections, the national assembly speaker said.

Posted: March 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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 »

A day of tears after Chavez death in Venezuela

In this photo released by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez crowd the street, surrounding his coffin as it is paraded from the hospital, where he died on Tuesday, to a military academy where his body will lie in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week and friendly heads of state were expected for an elaborate funeral Friday. AP/Miraflores Presidential Press Office

By the hundreds of thousands, Hugo Chavez’s tearful supporters carried their dead president through streets still plastered with his smiling image, an epic farewell to a larger-than-life leader remembered simply as “our commander.”

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