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Politics Hugo Chavez

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- A mustachioed former bus driver who rose to become his country's top diplomat has emerged as the vice presidential pick of President Hugo Chavez as the Venezuelan leader prepares to launch a six-year term following two cancer operations.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- During his re-election campaign, President Hugo Chavez promised to deepen the "21st century socialism" that has meant an ever-greater state role in the economy. Chavez faces immediate economic time bombs beginning with a rapidly expanding public debt, one of Latin America's highest inflation rates and a weakening currency.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- President Hugo Chavez put to rest any doubts about his masterful political touch in winning a third consecutive six-year term after a bitterly fought race against a youthful rival who has galvanized Venezuela's opposition.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- The South African rand plunged to a new 3-1/ 2 year low against the dollar as the worst bout of labour unrest since the end of apartheid rattles the market, while growth worries weighed on broader emerging markets. The rand tumbled 2.4 percent, extending losses chalked up on Friday when Anglo American Platinum.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. SINGAPORE, Oct 8- Brent crude slipped below $111 per barrel on Monday, dropping for a second straight session on concern that a fragile global economy could curb oil demand, but supply worries stemming from tension in the Middle East may help check losses.

  • Hugo Chavez Wins Venezuela Election

    Diego Moya-Ocampos, Latin America analyst at IHS Global Insight, tells CNBC, "In the end Chavez was running the show, kept broad electoral support and kept the very strong state owned media apparatus."

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. *Turkey retaliates against Syria bombing for 5th day By Florence Tan.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. *Turkey retaliates against Syria bombing for 5th day By Florence Tan.

  • If Chavez Wins, Bonds Sell Off: Analysts

    This weekend Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be facing his toughest political challenge since rising to power, with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves to supporters during a campaign rally for his reelection in Valencia, Carabobo state, Venezuela.

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez faces one of the toughest elections of his life this coming weekend, and the uncertain outcome is leading investors to back off from the country’s bonds

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- Venezuelan voters Luis Gustavo Marin and Dunia Nessi are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but as Sunday's election draws closer they both fear what will happen if their candidate loses.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Brent crude futures slipped below $111 per barrel on Wednesday, hurt by persistent concerns over global growth and oil demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to uncertainty.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Brent crude futures slipped towards $111 per barrel on Wednesday, hurt by persistent concerns over global growth and oil demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to uncertainty.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Brent crude futures slipped towards $111 per barrel on Wednesday, hurt by persistent concerns on global growth and oil demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to uncertainty.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Oil prices fell in choppy, light trading on Tuesday, pressured by the outlook for weak economic growth and petroleum demand, even as the risk of potential crude supply disruptions limited losses. "Profit taking out of gasoline had a significant influence on market tone today," said Timothy Evans, energy analyst at Citi Futures Perspective in New York.

  • Global economic growth has slowed this year, curbing fuel demand growth in Asia, Europe and the United States. The euro strengthened against the dollar a second straight session on growing expectations the euro zone's fourth-largest economy, Spain, will seek a bailout.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged to redouble his efforts to create a socialist system if re-elected in Sunday's election, saying the next six-year term would bring bigger changes.

  • Global economic activity has slowed this year, curbing fuel demand growth in Asia, Europe and the United States. The euro supported oil prices, rising for a second straight session on growing expectations the euro zone's fourth-largest economy, Spain, will seek a bailout.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- A huge crowd filled the streets of Venezuela's capital on Sunday cheering for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, waving flags in a show of support one week before the country's hotly contested presidential election.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks at Latin American summit

    The Venezuelan president pledged to invest $130 billion in Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt between 2013 and 2019 to boost national production from 3 million barrels per day to 6 million bpd, doubling output to make it OPEC’s second-largest producer after Saudi Arabia, knocking Iran into third place.