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Fidel Castro was “healthy and alert” during a two-hour discussion about current affairs last week, a Spanish journalist told the Associated Press on Monday.

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The right-wing coup d'état is faltering, but its supporters have powerful friends in Washington. Hugh O'Shaughnessy reports

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Violent clashes at airport as exiled president, backed by other Latin American leaders, attempts return

Coup leader willing to hold early election

Honduras tries to fend off sanctions but rejects calls to re-instate ousted President

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The interim leader of Honduras said the only way his predecessor would return to office was through a foreign invasion. A potential showdown was postponed yesterday when the ousted President delayed plans to return.

Honduran coup leader defies UN ultimatum

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.

Honduran army stands firm as US condemns coup

Latin America unites as riot police turn on protesters

Leading article: Guns and democracy

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.

Chavez threatens to invade as Honduran army stages coup

Venezuelan leader vows to 'act militarily' after leftist ally Manuel Zelaya is overthrown and exiled to Costa Rica

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.

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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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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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