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Chávez prays, vows to speed socialist drive

CARACAS, Venezuela

Chávez prays, vows to speed socialist drive

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez attended Mass on Tuesday, joining friends and aides in praying for his recovery after undergoing cancer surgery. Chávez expressed confidence he will bounce back, promising supporters at an earlier event that he plans to remain in the presidency and accelerate his drive for socialism in Venezuela. At the Mass held in Caracas' Military Academy, Chávez led a brief prayer and then closed his eyes as he listened to a priest speak. The priest, Mario Moronta, made a cross in oil on Chávez's forehead. Visibly moved, Chávez hugged the priest.

LOS ANGELES

Guatemala killings suspect deported

U.S. authorities have deported a former member of an elite Guatemalan military force suspected of carrying out a brutal massacre to his native country. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said Pedro Pimentel Rios, 54, wanted for his alleged role in a massacre at the village of Dos Erres in December 1982 in which more than 150 people were killed, was turned over to authorities in Guatemala on Tuesday.

NICOSIA, Cyprus

Protesters target president's palace

Hundreds of angry marchers forced their way into the grounds of the Cypriot presidential palace in Nicosia late Tuesday, during a protest over a fatal blast at a naval base that killed 12, wrecked a key power plant and forced the resignations of the defense minister and top military chief. Protesters were stopped at an inner gate about 100 yards from the palace by riot police, who fired tear gas. No arrests or injuries were reported. It was unclear if President Dimitris Christofias was in the building.

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico

Mexican police car pushed off cliff

Prosecutors are investigating an indigenous community in southern Mexico on suspicion that some of its members pushed a police car over a cliff, killing two officers and a civilian inside. A fourth man reportedly survived. Chiapas state prosecutor Mario Hernandez said residents of San Cristobalito were angry that the officers were executing an arrest warrant for a community member accused of auto theft.

Elsewhere

Nigerian flooding: Nigerian emergency authorities say at least 29 people have died in weekend floods in two cities of Africa's most populous nation.

Northern Ireland clashes: Police firing plastic bullets and powerful water cannons forced Catholic militants away from a key Belfast road Tuesday as Northern Ireland's annual day of Protestant marches reached a tense climax.

Indonesian quake: Nearly 1,000 residents fled villages near the Mount Lokon volcano in north Sulawesi province that has been erupting this week, authorities said.

Times wires

Chávez prays, vows to speed socialist drive 07/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:35am]

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