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Venezuela's Chavez makes surprise return from Cuba

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez cheer outside the military hospital after his surprise return to Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez cheer outside the military hospital after his surprise return to Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez cheer outside the military hospital after his surprise return to Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters outside the military hospital after visiting President Hugo Chavez in Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters outside the military hospital after visiting President Hugo Chavez in Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters outside the military hospital after visiting President Hugo Chavez in Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez stand outside the military hospital after his surprise return to Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez stand outside the military hospital after his surprise return to Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez stand outside the military hospital after his surprise return to Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a picture of him as he takes part in a gathering at Plaza Bolivar in Caracas February 18, 2013. Chavez made a surprise return from Cuba on Monday more than two months after surgery for cancer that has jeopardized his 14-year rule of the South American OPEC member. The 58-year-old socialist leader underwent a six-hour operation in Cuba on December 11. He had not been seen or heard in public since then until photos were published of him on Friday. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a picture of him as he takes part in a gathering at Plaza Bolivar in Caracas February 18, 2013. Chavez made a surprise return from Cuba on Monday more than two months after surgery for cancer that...more

A supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds a picture of him as he takes part in a gathering at Plaza Bolivar in Caracas February 18, 2013. Chavez made a surprise return from Cuba on Monday more than two months after surgery for cancer that has jeopardized his 14-year rule of the South American OPEC member. The 58-year-old socialist leader underwent a six-hour operation in Cuba on December 11. He had not been seen or heard in public since then until photos were published of him on Friday. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez smiles in between his daughters, Rosa Virginia (R) and Maria while recovering from cancer surgery in Havana in this photograph released by the Ministry of Information on February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Ministry of Information/Handout

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez smiles in between his daughters, Rosa Virginia (R) and Maria while recovering from cancer surgery in Havana in this photograph released by the Ministry of Information on February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Ministry of...more

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez smiles in between his daughters, Rosa Virginia (R) and Maria while recovering from cancer surgery in Havana in this photograph released by the Ministry of Information on February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Ministry of Information/Handout
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters outside the military hospital after visiting President Hugo Chavez in Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters outside the military hospital after visiting President Hugo Chavez in Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters outside the military hospital after visiting President Hugo Chavez in Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A man prepares orange juice next to a puppet depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez outside the military hospital after his surprise return to Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man prepares orange juice next to a puppet depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez outside the military hospital after his surprise return to Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man prepares orange juice next to a puppet depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez outside the military hospital after his surprise return to Caracas February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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