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  • Cancer-Hit Chávez Set to Run Again Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 2:52 AM ET
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    President Hugo Chávez has registered as a candidate for Venezuela’s October election late on Monday – dispelling doubts over whether the cancer-stricken incumbent’s health would prevent his running, the FT reports.

  • Why Is President Obama Kissing Hugo Chavez? Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 2:31 PM ET
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  • Traders Prepare for Chávez Gold Transfer Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 3:27 AM ET
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    Bullion traders are preparing for one of the largest transfers of physical gold in recent history after Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president, ordered the country’s gold reserves to be returned to Caracas. The FT reports.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at Latin American summit

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's appearance at independence day celebrations on July 5 has calmed speculation that a change of government is imminent in the country, but it has highlighted the extent of his personal control in the world's eighth-largest oil exporter, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • Chavez Reveals He Is Fighting Cancer After Surgery Friday, 1 Jul 2011 | 8:04 AM ET
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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez revealed that he is fighting cancer after having a tumor removed in Cuba, raising uncertainty about his political future even as he assured his country he expects to fully recover.

  • Chavez's Brother Talks of Potential Armed Struggle Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 8:24 AM ET
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    One of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's brothers said Sunday that backers of the hospitalized leftist leader should not rule out armed struggle in the future, though they prefer to maintain power at the ballot box.

  • Venezuela's Chavez Orders Seizure of Owens-Illinois Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 11:14 AM ET
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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the expropriation of U.S.-based glass container manufacturer Owens-Illinois's subsidiary in the South American country.

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    At least 40 butchers were detained in Venezuela last week on charges of speculation for allegedly driving up their prices. Some say they were held at a military base and were later strip searched when turned over to police.

  • Hugo Chavez Wants You to Follow Him—on Twitter Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 3:31 PM ET
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    Hugo Chavez is starting to use Twitter to counter his opponents online, forcing a president who often talks for hours to sum up each thought in 140 characters or less.

  • In Venezuela, Even Death May Not Bring Peace Friday, 11 Dec 2009 | 1:01 PM ET
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    Accompanying Venezuela’s soaring levels of murders and kidnappings, its cemeteries are the setting for a new kind of crime wave, says the New York Times.

  • Hugo Chavez: US Plot Behind Tensions With Colombia Friday, 13 Nov 2009 | 5:43 PM ET
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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lashed out at an agreement for American troops to use more Colombian military bases on Friday, accusing the U.S. of aiming to start a conflict and urging his military to be prepared.

  • Hugo Chavez Bails Out Allen Stanford-Hit Island Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 11:26 PM ET
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    The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda--hard-hit by the Stanford Financial scandal--is getting a $50 million bailout from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

  • Venezuela Takes Over 2 Major Coffee Processors Monday, 3 Aug 2009 | 11:48 AM ET
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    The government of President Hugo Chavez seized control of two of Venezuela's largest coffee processing plants on Monday, threatening to expropriate them if investigations reveal they have illegally smuggled coffee out of the country.

  • Cuba Struggles, Turns Out the Lights to Save Economy Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 4:12 PM ET

    It's hard to find a spare tire in Cuba these days, or a cup of yogurt. Air conditioners are shut off in the dead heat. Factories close at peak hours, and workers go without their government-subsidized lunches.

  • Chavez Accuses CIA of Plot, May Sanction Banks Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | 4:18 AM ET
    Pres. Hugo Chavez of Venezuela

    President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday alleged that U.S. intelligence agencies were behind a purported assassination plot that prevented him from visiting El Salvador.

  • Chavez Push Continues: More Companies Nationalized Friday, 22 May 2009 | 1:15 PM ET
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    President Hugo Chavez ordered the takeover of at least six metal, ceramic and other companies Thursday, accelerating his push to spread socialism and build "an industrial complex" in Venezuela.

  • Chavez's Government Seizes Irish Company's Land Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 3:57 AM ET

    President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that his government has seized land owned by an Irish cardboard maker as part of a sweeping agrarian reform initiative.

  • Chávez Allows West to Make Oil Bids as Prices Plunge Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | 10:16 AM ET
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    President Hugo Chávez, buffeted by falling oil prices that threaten to damage his efforts to establish a Socialist-inspired state, is quietly courting Western oil companies once again, the New York Times reports.

  • Chavez Says Will Seize Gold Concessions as Oil Falls Monday, 29 Dec 2008 | 1:21 PM ET
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    Venezuela will seize several gold mining concessions that previous governments granted private operators, in a bid to supplement falling oil prices with proceeds from state-controlled gold, President Hugo Chavez said Saturday.

  • Venezuela State Oil Company Loses Credit Line Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | 6:35 PM ET
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    Venezuela's state run oil company, PDVSA, is urgently searching for replacement financing after losing a line of credit of more than $5 billion from the Royal Bank of Scotland, CNBC has learned.