TORONTO, April 29- Canada's main stock index rose to a six-month high on Friday as mining stocks surged on higher gold and base metal prices, while shares of its largest airline jumped after quarterly results were reported. Improving prices in commodities have helped drive the index higher both year-to-date and on Friday, said Noman Ali, a portfolio manager at... » Read More
Hugo Chavez easily won re-election as president of Venezuela on Sunday. Chavez called his re-election--a defeat for U.S. President George Bush. Chavez said he will continue to use Venezuela's oil to expand social welfare programs--and continue to challenge the U.S. in Latin America. It's no secret the two men don't like each other.
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