HUGO CHAVEZ DISMISSES HEALTH CONCERNS
- President Hugo Chavez said he is completely free of cancer and assured Venezuelans that physical limitations stemming from his recuperation will not affect his re-election campaign.
Speaking at a news conference, Mr Chavez said he is "totally free" of cancer and plans to begin actively campaigning soon following months of radiation treatment, physical rehabilitation and medical exams.
"I feel in better physical condition every day," he said.
Over the past 13 months, Mr Chavez has undergone two surgeries that removed tumours from his pelvic region, most recently in February.
The socialist leader has not disclosed key details about his illness including the type of cancer that had been diagnosed.
- 1402 Tamerlane defeats Sultan Bayazet and makes him a slave.
- 1841 The Armenian quarter of Smyrna is set on fire by Turks.
- 1855 Stepan Voskanian publishes the semi-annual "East" review in Paris (it folds in 1856).
- 1921 The Bolsheviks occupy Mountainous Armenia, the last fort of Armenian resistance.
- 1936 Opening of Yerevan's carbide factory.
- 1957 Creation of the Chemical Research Institute (National Economic Council of the Armenian SSR).