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Venezuelan President in Serious Health Condition

Ernesto Villegas

Caracas, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ health condition remains serious with a worsening of his respiratory function, the Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas said. In a national broadcast on radio and television from the Dr. Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital, Villegas released a statement yesterday night on the president’s health by instructions from the Executive Vice President Nicolas Maduro.

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Stronger Support for Chavez, Opposition Turns Weaker


Caracas, Mar 4 (Prensa Latina) Most of the Venezuelan population supports President Hugo Chavez, faced with actions by an opposition that lacks solid grounds in its speeches and is disconnected from reality, said today Oscar Schemel, president of Hinterlaces. During his speech in Jose Vicente Hoy (Jose Vicente Today), a Televen television show, the president of that pollster highlighted the existence of a strong affective relation and also one that is rational and ideological between the people and the head of State.

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Tenth ALBA Political Council Starts in Venezuela


Caracas, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) The Tenth Polítical Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) is in session in this capital today in the presence of Foreign ministries and representatives of member countries of the bloc.The Antonio Jose de Sucre Yellow House, in downtown Caracas, is the venue for this important meeting presided over by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua.

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Benedict XVI Ends Nearly Eight Year Papacy

Benedicto XVI

Rome, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Pope Benedict XVI will end his ministry today as spiritual leader of millions of Catholics around the world, becoming the first pope to resign in the last six centuries. After a nearly eight year papacy, Benedict XVI will officially cease being the Bishop of Rome at 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT).

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Habano Festival Begins in Cuba Today

festival del habano

Havana, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) With an unusual opening at the San Carlos de la Cabaña colonial fortress in Havana, the 15th Festival del Habano opens today, an event that highlights Cuban culture and traditions. Considered the world’s best hand-made premium cigar, the habano is feted each year through the holding of a week-long celebration.

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President Lukashenko Congratulates Cuban Head of State

Raúl Castro

Minsk, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Raul Castro on Tuesday on behalf of the Belarusian people and himself on his reelection as president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba. “I am confident that, under his leadership, Cuba will continue its decisive and consistent way in order to safeguard the economic and social achievements of the Revolution, defend national interests and moral values in the international arena,” said the president in a message.

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FARC Reaffirms Commitment to Land Access in Colombia

Paz en Colombia

Havana, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) reaffirmed here today its commitment to help Colombian peasants gain their long-desired access to land. Ivan Marquez, head of the FARC-EP delegation involved in peace talks with representatives of the Colombian government, said in a statement that the FARC will spare no effort at the negotiation table, and hopes that government will not consider “kicking over the table.”

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Grenada Recovers Vote at the UN


George, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) Grenada announced cancellation of its debt with the United Nations (UN) with which it has recovered its right to vote there, reported the CMC Caribbean agency today. This country, along with St. Lucia and Dominica, was among the three Caribbean nations in arrears with the U.N.

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Chavez Congratulates his Cuban Counterpart Raul Castro


Caracas, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, on Monday congratulated his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro for his ratification by the State Council. President Hugo Chavez, together with the people and government of Venezuela, sent its warmest congratulations to revolutionary leader Raul Castro, on his reelection as President of the Council of State of Cuba, said a statement from the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.

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Esteban Lazo, New President of Cuban Parliament

Esteban Lazo

Havana, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuban legislador Esteban Lazo was elected today to preside over the National Assembly of the People’s Power in its Eighth Legislatura, installed today in this capital. Through direct and secret vote, the member of Parliament also confirmed Ana Maria Mari Machado as vice president and Miriam Brito as secretary, as they did in the previous period.