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December 14, 2012

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Military personnel attend a mass to pray for Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela. President Chavez underwent a six-hour cancer operation in Cuba, the government said. The 58-year-old's health has deteriorated dramatically since he won re-election two months ago, casting doubt on the future of his '21st century socialism' project, which won him huge support among the poor but infuriated adversaries who denounce him as a fledgling dictator.

PHOTO: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

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