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Chavez Returns Declaring Success in Fight against Cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home from Havana late Friday, declaring success in his fight against cancer after a week in which he received what was supposed to be his last session of radiation therapy.

"I have to tell you that in recent days we have successfully concluded this course of radiation therapy," the Venezuelan leader told local television upon his arrival at Maiquetia Airport.

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Lebanese Man Killed in Venezuela, Mansour Demands Swift Investigation

A 22-year-old Lebanese man was killed in Carabobo state in Venezuela during an attempted robbery, which angered the residents of the Baysour area in Lebanon on Saturday who demanded that the government to launch an immediate investigation in the case.

The Lebanese government “should follow up on the crime to punish those who are guilty and bring them to justice in order to protect our expatriate children,” the residents of Baysour said.

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Chavez Heads Home after Cancer Treatment in Cuba

President Hugo Chavez announced in a Twitter message late Wednesday that he was flying home to Venezuela after his latest round of radiation treatment for cancer in Cuba.

"Hello my dear countrymen. I'm boarding the plane at Jose Marti Airport (in Havana). I've completed the second round of radiation therapy," Chavez wrote.

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Chavez Heading to Cuba for More Radiation Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez left for Cuba late Saturday to undergo a second round of radiation therapy as part of his back-and-forth cancer treatment in Havana.

State-controlled television showed the president boarding a plane at Maiquetia Airport accompanied by his daughter Maria Virginia and one of his grandchildren.

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Chavez Flies to Cuba for More Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew back to Cuba late Saturday for more radiation treatment after his latest cancer surgery.

Surrounded by military guards of honor, the Venezuelan leader boarded a Havana-bound plane at Maiquetia International Airport at about 9:15 pm local time (0145 GMT Sunday).

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Chavez Back in Venezuela after Cancer Surgery in Cuba

President Hugo Chavez returned home to Venezuela looking haggard but expressing optimism he will survive after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba.

Chavez said he has been praying and is confident he will triumph in his re-election bid this year. He smiled and waved as he stepped off the plane Friday night, but his expression turned sober as he referred to his unfinished struggle with cancer.

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Lesion Removed from Venezuela's Chavez in Surgery

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was in good condition Tuesday after surgeons in Cuba "totally extracted" a lesion from the same pelvic area where they cut out a cancerous tumor last year, Vice President Elias Jaua said.

"The diagnosed pelvic lesion was totally extracted," said Jaua, adding that that "surrounding tissue" was also removed and that there were "no complications" with nearby organs.

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Venezuela Confirms Sending Oil to Syria

Venezuela's oil minister confirmed that it sent two shipments of diesel to Syria last year and said it would send further supplies "when required" despite Western-led sanctions.

The United States and the European Union have tightened sanctions in an effort to isolate Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime over its deadly months-long crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

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Venezuela's Chavez Travels to Cuba for New Surgery

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew to Havana Friday for treatment of what he says is likely a malignant lesion in the same part of his body where Cuban doctors removed a cancerous tumor in 2011.

The 57 year-old Chavez, who is seeking re-election in October, vowed to defeat "this new difficulty" just ahead of boarding his flight to Havana, state media reported.

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Chavez Calls Opposition Candidate a 'Low-Life Pig'

President Hugo Chavez has referred to the opposition candidate for Venezuela's highest office as a "low-life... pig" in a sharp attack at the start of this year's election season.

"My mission... (will be) to take off the mask, you low-life, because no matter how much you disguise it, low-life, you have a pig's tail, a pig's ears, and you snort like a pig," Chavez said Thursday in a speech broadcast on state radio and television, referring to opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.

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