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.

Chavez goes to war against Uncle Sam

Plans to nationalise the Vestey meat empire's Venezuelan estates are a blow to one of the UK's richest families

Show me the money: Oliver Stone returns to Wall Street

For 30 years, Oliver Stone and his awkward movies got up everyone's noses. But as he brings a reformed Gordon Gekko back to cinemas, could it be that America's most contrary director has gone soft? Not quite...

No forgiveness for my enemies, warns freed President of Ecuador

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, promised yesterday that there would be "no pardon or forgiveness" for the policemen who threw the country into chaos on Thursday when they roughed him up and then held him captive inside a hospital in the capital city, Quito, for more than 12 hours.

Venezuelan opposition makes big gains in election

Venezuela's opposition won a third of the seats in parliament and claimed a majority of the popular vote in elections, boosting its hopes of defeating President Hugo Chavez at the next presidential poll in 2012.

Chavez allies 'win election majority'

President Hugo Chavez's allies have won a majority in congressional elections, Venezuela's electoral chief said today.



Venezuela to allow BP sale

BP got a green light from Hugo Chavez's Government in Venezuela yesterday to open talks on the sale of assets in the South American country.

Venezuelan hunger striker Franklin Brito dies over farm seizure

A Venezuelan farmer who died after a hunger strike to protest against President Hugo Chavez's land takeovers has become a symbol for the oppressed, his family said.

Venezuelan helicopter crash kills 10 soldiers

A Venezuelan National Guard helicopter crashed during a counter-drug mission near the Colombian border, killing all 10 soldiers on board, President Hugo Chavez said.

Outside Edge (22/08/10)

Some say that right and wrong is all about black and white but there are grey areas. Christopher Tappin, the 63-year-old president of the Kent Golf Union, faces extradition to the United States and 35 years in jail for arms-dealing after he was accused of supplying batteries to Iran for use in surface-to-air missiles.

Former coup leader and dictator sworn in as Suriname's new president

A former coup leader, convicted drug trafficker and accused murderer was sworn in as Suriname's president yesterday in a ceremony avoided by all the hemisphere's other leaders.

Chavez summit eases tensions with Colombia

Frictions between Venezuela and neighbouring Colombia, which have recently stirred fears of a military clash, were easing last night as their leaders – Hugo Chavez and Juan Manuel Santos – met for a private and hastily arranged summit in the Colombian city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast.

New Colombian president open to Chavez dialogue

Juan Manuel Santos, sworn in as Colombia's 59th president, vowed to cement security gains but declared himself open to dialogue with rebels in hopes of ending the Western Hemisphere's only armed conflict.

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Oliver Stone's latest documentary aims to do for Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, what his 2004 Looking for Fidel did for Castro.

Maradona moves closer to new Argentina contract

Argentina coach Diego Maradona is keen to sign a new contract - so long as he is allowed to retain his entire backroom staff.

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