VENEZUELA'S CHÁVEZ PICTURED WITH FIDEL CASTRO AFTER SURGERY
Venezuela has published photographs of Hugo Chávez sitting with Fidel Castro and walking in a hospital as the Venezuelan president recovers from cancer surgery in Cuba, The Guardian reports.
Venezuela's government insists Chávez, 57, is recovering quickly and will be ready to contest a presidential election on October 7.
In two new photographs published via Twitter on Friday by Venezuela's information minister, Andres Izarra, Chávez was seen in discussion with his close friend and political mentor. "They talked for almost two hours," Izarra tweeted.
Izarra said the photos were taken on Friday, March 2 afternoon.
Surgeons in Cuba removed a possibly malignant lesion from Chávez's pelvis five days ago. He has sounded upbeat in two phone calls to Venezuelan state TV since then, and allies have scofffed at rumours - mostly in the opposition media - that his condition may be much worse than has been revealed.
Opposition-leaning Venezuelan journalists have quoted medical sources as saying Chávez's cancer has metastasized, or spread. His allies deny that and say those reports are aimed at destabilising South America's biggest oil exporter.
Earlier on Friday the President made a 20-minute call to state TV in which he chatted with steel workers, outlined more government programs and said he had restarted eating solid food. "Thank you for so much support. Here I'm beginning to take off again. I will be with you in all the months and years that I once again have left to me," he said.
- 1842 Birth of the great Armenian benefactor, petroleum magnat Alexander Mantashian in Tbilissi. He made donations to the Church (Ejmiadsin) and founded schools in Constantinople, Tbilissi, and Kareen -among other places. He also built the new building of the Nersisian School.
- 1872 The "Union for Salvation" is formed in Van (Western Armenia).
- 1878 Treaty of San Stefano signed between Russia and Turkey. Article 16 of the San Stefano Treaty guaranteed the security of Armenians in Western Armenia under the Turkish Empire. Article 61 of the Treaty of Berlin, however, annuled these guarantees and the majority of the Armenian lands were given to the Turks.
- 1905 Start of the Armenian - Tatar War.
- 1918 Signature of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk between Russia and Germany.
- 1918 Signnature of the Russian - Turkish supplemental treaty in connection with the Peace Treaty between Russia, on the one hand, and Germany, Austria - Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey on the other.
- 1920 The Boshevik "Workers' Struggle" Armenian newspaper is published in New Nakhichevan (Rostov, Russia).
- 1930 Opening of the National Seminary.
- 1935 Birth of writer Hrant Matevossyan.
- 1943 The first volume of the novel "Vardanank", written by Derenik Demirchyan, is published during World War 2 (the Great Patriotic War). Soldiers passed it from hand to hand on the front.
- 1953 Opening of the Armenian Manuscript Depository: the Matenadaran (Architect - Mark Grigoryan). The Matenadaran has more than 13 000 ancient manuscripts and more than 100 000 archived documents.
- 1955 Hovhannes Issakov is promoted to Admiral of the Fleet (USSR).
- 1958 Yerevan's Matenadaran (Manuscript Depository) is declared a Research Institute.