News Cuban leader Fidel Castro, right, talks with Spanish journalist, writer and former editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique, Ignacio Ramonet in Havana, Cuba

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.

Hugo Chavez has cancerous tumour removed

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez told his countrymen that he underwent a second surgical procedure in Cuba for the removal of a cancerous growth.

Chavez quashes health rumours

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hailed the release of new footage of the socialist leader talking with Fidel Castro as evidence he was recovering from surgery in Cuba despite speculation he may have cancer.

Copa America: Venezuela squad preview

Our run down of the teams involved in the 2011 Copa America, which kicks off on July 1, continues with a closer look at Venezuela.

Chavez not dead or dying, say allies

Rumours of the impending demise of Hugo Chavez have been greatly exaggerated, his allies said yesterday, insisting that he will be back at work imminently and telling opponents that they should "stop dreaming" of his death.

Concerns growing over Chavez's health

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's prolonged silence and seclusion in Cuba following surgery there two weeks ago is fuelling speculation about his health.

Chavez recovering from op in Cuba

President Hugo Chavez says he is recovering well after undergoing surgery in Cuba for a pelvic abscess and noted that medical tests have shown no signs of any "malignant" illness.

Left-winger Ollanta Humala wins Peru election

Left-wing former army commander Ollanta Humala won Peru's presidential election and vowed the poor will share in the country's new wealth.

Accusations and acrimony as Peruvians go the polls

Bitterly divided, and with the hand of history weighing uneasily on their shoulders, the people of Peru went to the polls yesterday to select a new President. The race is too close to call and, regardless of the outcome, seems likely to result in an acrimonious recount and allegations of voter fraud.

History repeats itself for Peruvians at election

Voters will choose between a former army officer who has vowed to redistribute the nation's wealth and the daughter of the incarcerated ex-president Alberto Fujimori when they vote for a new leader in a June run-off election, official results released yesterday showed.

After the fall: ex-leader's daughter bids for power

Keiko Fujimori is among the frontrunners in Peru's presidential campaign, overcoming allegations of corruption and her father's tainted legacy. Simeon Tegel reports from Lima

Chavez awarded journalism prize

He may not be everyone's idea of a crusader for press freedom, but Hugo Chavez has been given one of Latin America's most prestigious journalism awards, for his contribution to "popular communication".

Video: Brawl in Venezuelan parliament

Opponents and supporters of Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, come to blows in the country's national assembly.

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