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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (C) speaks next to Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello (R) and Agriculture Minister Juan Carlos Loyo, during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken president as rumours grow about his condition. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (C) speaks next to Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello (R) and Agriculture Minister Juan Carlos Loyo, during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3,...more

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (C) speaks next to Venezuelan National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello (R) and Agriculture Minister Juan Carlos Loyo, during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken president as rumours grow about his condition. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (C), flanked by cabinet members, speaks during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken president as rumors grow about his condition. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (C), flanked by cabinet members, speaks during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital...more

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (C), flanked by cabinet members, speaks during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken president as rumors grow about his condition. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) shakes hands with a worker during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken president as rumours grow about his condition. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) shakes hands with a worker during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba,...more

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) shakes hands with a worker during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken president as rumours grow about his condition. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro talks to the media during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken president as rumors grow about his condition. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro talks to the media during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no...more

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro talks to the media during a visit to Fama de America's coffee processing plant in Caracas January 3, 2013. Maduro returned to Venezuela on Thursday after visiting Hugo Chavez in hospital in Cuba, but gave no new details on the cancer-stricken president as rumors grow about his condition. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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Reinaldo Pereira places candles on a religious altar with an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Reinaldo Pereira places candles on a religious altar with an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of...more

Reinaldo Pereira places candles on a religious altar with an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A child walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. The mural reads, "Chavez, heart of my country". REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A child walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has...more

A child walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. The mural reads, "Chavez, heart of my country". REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Nancy Romero places a figurine on a religious altar with images of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Nancy Romero places a figurine on a religious altar with images of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken...more

Nancy Romero places a figurine on a religious altar with images of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A picture of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is seen next to images and figurines of Venezuelan physician Jose Gregorio Hernandez, on a religious altar in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A picture of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is seen next to images and figurines of Venezuelan physician Jose Gregorio Hernandez, on a religious altar in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell...more

A picture of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is seen next to images and figurines of Venezuelan physician Jose Gregorio Hernandez, on a religious altar in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A picture of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez rests on a religious altar in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A picture of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez rests on a religious altar in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who...more

A picture of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez rests on a religious altar in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A girl runs past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. The mural reads, "All who want the fatherland, come with me". REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A girl runs past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not...more

A girl runs past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. The mural reads, "All who want the fatherland, come with me". REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. The mural reads, "All who want the fatherland, come with me". REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not...more

A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. The mural reads, "All who want the fatherland, come with me". REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not...more

A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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A couple sits in front of a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (C), Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro (R) and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (L) in Managua January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A couple sits in front of a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (C), Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro (R) and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (L) in Managua January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the...more

A couple sits in front of a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (C), Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro (R) and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (L) in Managua January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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A family in a tuk tuk passes a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (C), Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro (R) and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (L) in Managua January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A family in a tuk tuk passes a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (C), Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro (R) and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (L) in Managua January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the...more

A family in a tuk tuk passes a mural depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (C), Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro (R) and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (L) in Managua January 3, 2013. Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday demanded the government tell "the whole truth" about the health of cancer-stricken Chavez, who has not been heard from in three weeks after undergoing a grueling operation in Cuba. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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