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In a new threat against the US, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said Sunday night that he'd cut off sales of crude oil if ExxonMobil pursues its legal battle against his government. The company has obtained court orders that would freeze more than $12 billion in Venezuelan assets in return for having its operations there seized on Chávez's order. Venezuela sells 1.3 million barrels of crude a day to the US, and a cutoff would drive up energy prices, analysts said.

Armed men invaded a private museum in Zurich, Switzerland, as it was about to close Sunday and stole $163.2 million worth of paintings by famous impressionists Paul C´Ezanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh. The theft was the second of its type in Switzerland in less than a week. Last Wednesday, two Pablo Picasso paintings worth a combined $4.5 million were stolen from an exhibition in the town of Pfaeffikon.

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