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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.

Rebel dispute sees Chavez sever ties with Colombia

Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, broke off relations with Colombia yesterday and ordered a maximum alert on his country's long border with its Andean neighbour, raising new fears of conflict in the area.

Maradona will decide future next week

Diego Maradona will decide whether to stay on as Argentina coach after a meeting next week, the head of the country's football association said yesterday.

Remains of revolutionary hero exumed

Hugo Chavez opened the coffin of his idol Simon Bolivar as Venezuela investigates the president's suspicions of foul play in the South American independence hero's death nearly two centuries ago.

Venezuela in diplomatic row with Washington

Venezuela's top diplomat accused US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of attacking his country for seeking Latin American unity and opposing US influence in international affairs.

Chavez denounces Israel as a 'genocidal' government

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced Israel as a "genocidal" government yesterday as he hosted Syrian President Bashar Assad on his first visit to Latin America.

UN attacks Chavez for bid to arrest head of TV network

A UN human rights investigator called on Venezuela yesterday to withdraw the arrest warrant against the head of the opposition Globovision television network, declaring that it had no right to silence critics.

Johann Hari: When hands across the sea are tied

The argument that outsiders should not be allowed to criticise countries is being used more and more to thwart human rights campaigns

Venezuela's chatty leader Chavez joins Twitter

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez opened a Twitter account on Tuesday, launching himself into the digital fray to combat opponents who have seized on the micro-blogging site to criticize his socialist government.

Chavez threatens to nationalise gold mines

President Hugo Chavez threatened to nationalise gold mining concessions in Venezuela.

Boxer found dead in cell after killing wife

A day after his arrest on suspicion of murdering his wife, the Venezuelan boxing champion Edwin Valero was found hanging in his jail cell early yesterday morning.

Boxing: Former champion Valero found dead

Former boxing champion Edwin Valero, who gained fame for knocking out all his 27 opponents and having a tattoo of Hugo Chavez on his chest, was found dead in his jail cell today and police said he hanged himself after being arrested in his wife's murder.

Chavez claims arrested Colombians are spies

President Hugo Chavez said Venezuela arrested eight Colombians as suspected spies and charged that several carried identification indicating they are members of neighbouring Colombia's military.

Twitter's heady rise has Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in spin

A jailed judge "tweets" to her followers from prison. The director of an opposition TV station uses Twitter to denounce a conspiracy to oust him.

Court slaps media gag on Chavez opponent

Venezuela's highest court barred an outspoken opponent of President Hugo Chavez from talking to news media about criminal charges alleging he struck a police official.

Take an extra three days off to save energy, Chavez tells Venezuelans

When you're stuck in a traffic jam on Easter Monday, spare a thought for the holidaymakers of Venezuela. Their spring break has just been extended by three extra days – but they might have to spend some of it in the dark.

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