Politics Hugo Chavez

  • Venezuela's oldest private television station went off the air just before midnight Sunday as thousands banged on pots and pans in protest against a decision by President Hugo Chavez that did away with a popular opposition-aligned channel.

  • Venezuela will withdraw from the Washington-based lending organizations, the IMF and World Bank, in a symbolic move that distances leftist President Hugo Chavez from much of the international economic community.

  • Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the leader of the continent's largest economy who has moved closer to U.S. President George W. Bush over ethanol output, swiped at Hugo Chavez, rejecting his fellow leftist's criticism of their plan.