Nobel literature prize a platform for Vargas Llosa’s combative political activism

Nobel a platform for outspoken Vargas Llosa

Ecuadorean soldiers rescue president after firefight with rebel cops at hospital

Ecuadorean troops rescue leader from rebel police

Police protesters throw Ecuador into chaos, seize airport, blocking roads

Protesting police throw Ecuador into chaos

Venezuela opposition leader rebuffs Chavez’s challenge to pursue referendum against president

Venezuela opposition: No plans for recall vote

Hugo Chavez says Venezuela is studying idea of starting peaceful nuclear energy program

Chavez: Venezuela studying nuclear energy program

Venezuela opposition hopes can rein in Chavez after making gains in congressional elections

Opposition hopes to rein in Chavez after election

Opposition makes gains, Chavez allies see majority trimmed in Venezuela congressional vote

Chavez allies see congressional majority cut back

Venezuelans await results of congressional vote seen as critical test for Chavez

Venezuela awaits results of congressional vote

Elections chief: Chavez’s allies win majority in Venezuela congressional vote

Official: Chavez allies win congressional majority

Chavez allies win majority of seats in Venezuela’s congressional vote, opponents make gains

Chavez allies win congressional majority in vote

Chavez opponents aim to put checks on president’s power in Venezuela congressional vote

Chavez fights for control in congressional vote

Chavez’s hope to check his sweeping powers with wins in Venezuelan congressional elections

Chavez’s foes hope voters put checks on his power

Hugo Chavez tries to hold on to congressional control in Venezuela elections

Chavez aiming to keep control in legislative vote

Chavez, opponents hold final rallies in campaign for Venezuela’s legislative elections

Chavez, opponents rally before Venezuela vote

Chavez insists he won’t accept US ambassador nominee, condemns US criticism on drugs

US President Barack Obama welcomes Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Portuguese-born businessman on hunger strike demanding Venezuelan government not seize land

New hunger strike in Venezuela centers on land

Venezuelan hunger striker dies after repeated protests over land dispute with government

Farmer-turned-hunger striker dies in Venezuela

Venezuelans protest rampant violence, some liken bloodshed to ‘undeclared war’

Venezuelans protest against unchecked violence

Venezuela’s Chavez meets with Fidel Castro for 5 hours; calls his health magnificent

Venezuela prez spends 5 hours with Fidel Castro

Venezuela holds simulated vote to test electronic system ahead of legislative elections

Venezuela holds mock vote ahead of elections

Venezuela’s Chavez suspends his Sunday radio and TV show during legislative election campaign

Chavez suspends radio-TV program during campaign

Colombia, Venezuela agree to restore ties ruptured in dispute over leftist rebels

Colombia, Venezuela restore diplomatic ties

Colombia, Venezuela presidents end meeting with agreement to restore diplomatic relations

Colombia, Venezuela to restore diplomatic ties

Colombia’s Santos, Venezuela’s Chavez seek to re-establish relations after dispute

Colombia, Venezuela leaders seek to repair ties

Venezuela’s Chavez to meet with Colombia’s new leader this week seeking to restore relations

Chavez to meet with Colombia’s new president

Foreign ministers of Venezuela, Colombia say their 2 presidents will meet Tuesday

Presidents of Venezuela, Colombia to meet Tuesday

President Chavez won’t accept the White House’s nominee for ambassador to Venezuela

Chavez: US diplomat won’t be accepted as envoy

Venezuela’s Chavez says guerrillas should extend olive branch to Colombia’s new leader

Chavez: Colombian rebels should release hostages

Santos assumes Colombia’s presidency amid conciliation with Venezuela, Ecuador

Colombia’s new leader conciliatory with neighbors

Santos assumes Colombia’s presidency; Venezuela’s foreign minister strikes conciliatory note

Santos becomes Colombia’s 59th president

BOGOTA, Colombia — Juan Manuel Santos was sworn in Saturday as the 59th president of Colombia, which despite major security gains remains the Western Hemisphere’s only nation beset by a politically based armed conflict.

Santos assumes Colombia’s presidency, Venezuela’s foreign minister in attendance

Santos sworn in as Colombia’s 59th president

Venezuela’s Chavez optimistic as foreign minister headed to Colombia, Silva seeks to mediate

Chavez: foreign minister headed to Colombia

Brazil’s Silva seeks to ease Venezuela-Colombia dispute, Chavez says he is optimistic

Chavez optimistic on Silva’s help in Colombia spat

Venezuela protests after US ambassador nominee raises concern about rebels, Chavez’s power

Barack Obama

Mercosur nations agree on new customs code that will reduce import-export fees and bureaucracy

Mercosur trade bloc agrees to reduce customs fees

Chavez says Venezuela has deployed troops, aircraft amid tensions with Colombia

Chavez: Venezuela has deployed troops amid spat

Venezuela says great probability of military aggression by Colombia, urges dialogue

Venezuela warns of aggression, seeks dialogue

Chavez threatens to suspend US oil sales if Venezuela attacked by Colombia

Chavez warns of US oil cutoff in Colombia dispute

Reverence for iconic hero going too far? Chavez’s obsession with Simon Bolivar runs deep

Simon Bolivar an obsession for Venezuela’s Chavez

Venezuela’s Chavez warns Colombia amid tensions, but border situation remains normal

Venezuela’s Chavez warns Colombia amid tensions

Venezuela’s Chavez promises to help Abkhazia, South Ossetia to seek international recognition

Chavez to aid Abkhazia, S Ossetia seek recognition

Venezuelan military warns Colombia amid latest tensions, but life along border remains normal

Venezuela warns Colombia amid latest tensions

AP Interview: Abkhazia’s leader seeks closer ties with Venezuela, rejects US criticism

Abkhazia’s leader seeks closer ties with Chavez

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez breaks ties with Colombia to dispute accusations he harbors guerrillas

Venezuela breaks ties with US-allied Colombia

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez breaks ties with Colombia over claims he harbors guerrillas

Venezuela severs ties with Colombia

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez severed Venezuela’s diplomatic relations with Colombia on Thursday over claims he harbors guerrillas, and he charged that his neighbor’s leader could attempt to provoke a war.

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