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In a brawl broadcast live on television and radio, Venezuelan legislators exchanged blows as members of President Hugo Chavez’s United Socialist Party tried to remove an opposition member from the parliament’s speaker’s podium.

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With a little help from its friends, Venezuela is now one step closer to building its first nuclear power plant. After a two-day stint in Moscow, President Hugo Chavez has received the support of Russia for the construction of a nuclear power station aimed at diversifying the country's energy supply.

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"Larry Rohter attacks our film, 'South of the Border,' for 'mistakes, misstatements and missing details.' But a close examination of the details reveals that the mistakes, misstatements, and missing details are his own."

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A onetime comrade, and current critic, of Venezuelan jefe Hugo Chavez has been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of abuse of power, misappropriation of funds and violation of the military code while an officer in the army.

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Can we bring George W. Bush out of retirement so Venezuela's president has something more appropriate to rant about? A reportedly pissed Hugo Chavez said Saturday, "The Internet cannot be something open where anything is said and done." Someone tell @shitmydadsays.

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Hugo Chavez muffler-rattled against the likes of Toyota, Ford, General Motors and Fiat in a speech to the country Thursday, attacking those companies for not sharing technology with local industry and threatening to kick them out of business if they did not comply.

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Tensions are running high, and relations running low, between Colombia and Venezuela. The latter's president, Hugo Chavez, told his generals to prepare for war, while the Colombian government announced a new base on the countries' border and activated six air battalions.

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The US reputation in Latin America continues to be soiled as a plan between the U and Colombia to increase American access to Colombian military bases has erupted in a firestorm of Latin anger against the deal as a form of military imperialist expansion.

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The U.S. plans to move its anti-drug operations from Ecuador to Colombia, which is just a little too close for Hugo Chavez, who said "the winds of war were beginning to blow." Luis Inacio Lula da Silva added, "As president of Brazil, this climate of unease disturbs me."

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The Honduran coup leaders are showing their bravado. Said hombres have defied an international deadline to return democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya to power within 72 hours, doubling down on their swagger with a quip that "only a foreign invasion could reinstate him."

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