Venezuela

    Still popular after a decade in power, President Hugo Chavez aims to consolidate his hold on Venezuela in tight state elections on Sunday that may give him a platform to speed up his socialist “revolution.” The burly former soldier famed for roaring criticism of the US “empire” and loved by the majority poor faces tough races in several states against a fragmented opposition that beat him last year in a referendum to allow him to run for re-election. (Reuters)

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