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    Chávez Holds Meeting From Cuba

    FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez pauses during a press conference in front of a portrait of independence hero Simon Bolivar, at the Miraflores palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavez has asked his country's legislature for permission to travel to Cuba for more medical treatment after spending much of the past 18 months fighting cancer. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

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    Hugo Chávez may be hospitalized, but that isn’t stopping him from asserting his presidential powers. Venezuela’s foreign minister, Elias Jaua, said on Thursday that he met with President Chávez in Cuba, where the president “made decisions about the international agenda [and] the domestic agenda.” Chávez has been recovering from complications after a surgery for his unspecified cancer since early December and hasn’t appeared or spoken publicly since then—even after winning reelection in January. “The president is in [a] full process of recuperation. However, he is coming from the most complex and deepest battle against the illness,” Jaua said of his condition.

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