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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

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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

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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 »

Even after death, Chavez gets choice of successor

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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 »

As Chavez ordained, VP Maduro is interim president

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez gather in Bolivar square to mourn Chavez's death in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced that Chavez died on Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Even in death, Hugo Chavez’s orders are being followed. The man he anointed to succeed him, Vice President Nicolas Maduro, will continue to run Venezuela as interim president and be the governing socialists’ candidate in an election to be called within 30 days.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Venezuela accuses ‘enemies’ of causing Chavez cancer

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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

Venezuela on Tuesday accused its enemies of causing President Hugo Chavez’s cancer and expelled two US military officers for an alleged plot to destabilize the nation. (Chavez died Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. local time.)

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Venezuela’s Chavez dead—VP

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

Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez died Tuesday, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced, shortly after Caracas revealed that the cancer-stricken leftist icon was suffering from a severe infection.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Holding candles, hundreds pray for Hugo Chavez

People pray for Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as he remains in a hospital undergoing cancer treatment during a vigil in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Chavez hasn't been seen since he returned to Venezuela on Monday from Cuba, where for 10 weeks he was recovering and fighting complications following his latest cancer surgery Dec. 11. AP

Hundreds of Venezuelans held a candlelight vigil Friday for President Hugo Chavez, praying for their leader while he remained in a hospital undergoing cancer treatment.

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Venezuela sharply devalues its currency

In this Oct. 24, 2007 file photo, a woman looks at oversized versions of the new Venezuelan currency, coined the 'Strong Bolivar' in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela's government announced Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, that it is devaluing the country's currency, a long-anticipated change expected to push up prices in the heavily import-reliant economy. Officials said the fixed exchange rate is changing from 4.30 bolivars to the dollar to 6.30 bolivars to the dollar. Venezuela's government has had strict currency exchange controls since 2003 and maintains a fixed, government-set exchange rate. AP

Venezuela’s government announced Friday that it is devaluing the country’s currency, a long-anticipated change expected to push up prices in the heavily import-reliant economy.

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

Venezuela’s FM says he met with Chavez in Cuba

A poster of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez that reads "Move forward commander, we will live and overcome" hangs as Venezuela's ambassador to Cuba Edgardo Antonio Ramirez stands by after a press conference by Cuban artists and intellectuals to show support for Chavez in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Chavez hasn't spoken or appeared publicly since his Dec. 11 operation in Cuba, his fourth surgery for an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer. Speculation about the leader's condition has grown since the operation. AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Venezuela’s foreign minister says he met and spoke with President Hugo Chavez in Cuba, where the ailing socialist leader is convalescing following cancer-related surgery.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Venezuela VP: Chavez could be sworn in by court

Acting President Nicolas Maduro AP FILE PHOTO

Venezuela’s vice president said Friday that President Hugo Chavez could be sworn in by the Supreme Court later on if he’s not able to take the oath of office next week before lawmakers because of his struggle with cancer.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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