From the Teheran Times (Iran):
Hugo Chavez says: no more cancer treatments
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday he sees no need for further treatment for the cancer that struck him last year just weeks after he had said medical tests showed him in good health.
Although polls show Chavez comfortably ahead, any relapse in his undisclosed type of cancer could upend his October 7 re-election bid against opposition challenger Henrique Capriles.
“I’ve already done what I need to do,” Chavez said when asked if he planned to undergo any more cancer treatment. “At this moment, on the horizon that I can see … I don’t expect any of that, all I expect is to fight and to triumph.”
Following months of virtual silence this year while he recovered from surgery and radiotherapy, Chavez has returned to his old self with long-winded speeches and extended live television appearances.
From Haaretz (Israel):
Venezuela Supplied Iran with F-16 to prepare for possible strike
Venezuela has transferred at least one F-16 fighter to Iran in an attempt to help it calibrate its air defenses, in preparation for a possible Israeli or U.S. strike on its nuclear facilities, reports Spanish newspaper ABC.
ABC, one of the three largest Spanish dailies and aligned with the ruling rightist party, wrote that the transfer, in 2006, was supervised by one of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s closest aides. The paper’s Washington correspondent, Emili J. Blasco, said the story was based on both sources in Venezuela’s air force and classified documents, following a tip- off by a non-Western intelligence agency.
The timing of the story’s publication was probably timed to coincide with the current visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Venezuela, which began Friday. Ahmadinejad told Chavez that Iran will always support Chavez’s Venezuela: “We appreciate your opposition to imperialism,” he said.
Chavez reportedly told his guest that “we are aware of the threats on Iranian sovereignty and independence. You can count on our support. I will support Ahmadinejad under all circumstances, since our ties with Iran are a holy issue for us.”
From the Associated Press
Hugo Chavez cuts off oil shipments to Paraguay
CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country will cut off oil shipments to Paraguay to protest the ouster of Fernando Lugo.
Chavez says Lugo’s removal as president last week was illegal and his insists Venezuela will not recognize the new government of Federico Franco.
The Paraguayan senate’s swift decision to oust Lugo has drawn condemnation around Latin America.
Chavez spoke before a military parade on Sunday and compared Lugo’s removal to the 2009 coup that removed Manuel Zelaya in Honduras.
Lugo has suggested that national and international clamor could lead Paraguayan lawmakers to reverse his impeachment.