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Voters choose challenger for Chavez

Voters choose challenger for Chávez

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Venezuelans turned out in force Sunday and chose Henrique Capriles Radonski by almost a 1-million vote margin as the opposition candidate to face President Hugo Chávez in October.

With 95 percent of the ballots counted, Capriles has 1.8 million votes, about 62 percent of the total, organizers said. Zulia Gov. Pablo Pereez came in a distant second with 868,000 votes.

The election brought out more than 2.9 million people — far exceeding expectations.

The strong turnout came after Chávez and other officials had taunted the opposition, saying that few people would vote. Organizers had hoped for 1.5 million to 2 million voters, of the 18 million registered, in Sunday's election.

All five candidates have pledged to back the winner, hoping that a unified front will unseat Chávez in October.

DALLAS

Dying father gets to see his newborn

Diane Aulger was about two weeks from her delivery date when she and her husband decided there was no time to wait: Mark Aulger had only days to live, and he wanted to see his child.

Diane Aulger had her labor induced and gave birth to their daughter Jan. 18. When tiny Savannah was placed in his arms, Mark Aulger, 52, "cried, and he just looked very sad," his wife said. He died five days later from complications related to his cancer treatment, she said.

Mark Aulger, 52, was diagnosed with colon cancer in April. Along with Savannah, the Aulgers have two other children, ages 10 and 7.

Elsewhere

Afghanistan: Gunmen burst into the home of a judge in eastern Afghanistan, killing him and his 8-year-old daughter in the latest assassination of an official, authorities said Sunday.

CHINA: An 18-year-old Tibetan nun set herself on fire in western China in the latest such protest against Beijing's handling of the ethnic Tibetan regions it rules, an activist group said Sunday.

Kosovo: Rescuers pulled a 5-year-old girl from the rubble of a house flattened by an avalanche that killed her parents and seven other relatives, officials said Sunday. The cold snap in Europe has killed hundreds of people.

Times wires

Voters choose challenger for Chavez

02/12/12 [Last modified: Sunday, February 12, 2012 10:58pm]
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