Latin America: Week in Review, Venezuela

Hugo Chávez May Need Chemotherapy To Treat Cancer

July 14, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said Wednesday that he may need radiation or chemotherapy to treat the cancerous tumor removed in Cuba last month that he described as the “size of a baseball.” Though Chávez says the cancer has not spread, he has yet to publicly disclose what kind of cancer he has. “I’m in a second state of the sickness, which is an organ-by-organ assessment and other factors of which I should not give more details,” Chávez said. He received the Catholic rite of extreme unction on Tuesday, which he said would help fortify his body against malignant cells.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

Headlines from the Western Hemisphere

North America

  • Texas Governor Rick Perry and the National Rifle Association criticized on Wednesday a proposal by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to record multiple sales of semi-automatic assault rifles in U.S. states that border Mexico.
  • Mexican police detained suspected hitman Javier Beltrán Arco and two other suspected members of Mexico’s Knights Templar drug gang in the state of Michoacán on Wednesday.
  • American reality TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman was ordered Tuesday to return to Mexico to face charges for the murder of his wife in Cancún.


Central America


Southern Cone

  • Chilean President Sebastian Piñera submitted a draft of a civil unions bill to members of the Alianza coalition, moving closer toward fulfilling a promise to voters during his presidential campaign that he would legalize same-sex unions.
  • Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral was laid to rest in his home country on Wednesday after being killed by gunmen on his way to the airport in Guatemala on Sunday.
  • A plane flying out of Recife, Brazil on Wednesday crash-landed in an empty lot, killing all sixteen people onboard.
  • Both the Chilean and Uruguayan national teams have advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2011 Copa America soccer tournament, after Chile defeated Peru and Uruguay beat Mexico on Tuesday.

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