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Honduras' interim leader warned that the only way his predecessor will return to office is through a foreign invasion — though a potential showdown was today postponed after the ousted president delayed plans to return.

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The ousting of the Honduran President Manuel Zelaya by the country's military at the weekend has been condemned by many members of the international community as an affront to democracy. But despite a natural distaste for any military coup, it is possible that the army might have actually done Honduran democracy a service.

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Chavez bans Coke Zero because of 'health risk'

Hugo Chavez, the anti-US President of Venezuela, has ordered Coca-Cola to withdraw its Coke Zero drink from the country, citing unspecified dangers to health.

The Couch Surfer: ‘Hugo Chavez’s interviews make Charlotte Church look like Letterman’

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Chavez treats viewers to four days of himself

Marathon broadcast marks 10th anniversary of Venezuelan President's show

Helicopter crash kills 18 people in Venezuela

Seventeen Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian were killed when a military helicopter crashed Sunday near the Colombian border, the state news agency reported. A brigadier general was among those killed.

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Venezuela opposition leader 'in Peru'

A Venezuelan opposition leader who says he is a victim of political persecution by the government of President Hugo Chavez has arrived in Peru but has not requested political asylum, Peru's foreign minister said today.

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