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Venezuelan Leader, in Fiery Speech, Blames U.S. for Iraq Chaos

With relations between the United States and Venezuela already strained, Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s combative president, accused the United States on Tuesday of spreading chaos in Iraq and expressed support for Iraqis fighting American soldiers. The State Department’s top diplomat on Latin America responded Wednesday, saying Mr. Chavez’s recent comments have made it difficult for Washington to maintain normal relations with Venezuela. Mr. Chávez issued some of his most vitriolic comments before thousands of cheering supporters in a speech marking two years since his return to power after he was briefly ousted in a coup he says was engineered by the Bush administration. Full Story

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