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  • Statement from Ed Royce, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs:

    Hugo Chavez was a tyrant who forced the people of Venezuela to live in fear. His death dents the alliance of anti-U.S. leftist leaders in South America. Good riddance to this dictator.

    Venezuela once had a strong democratic tradition and was close to the United States. Chavez’s death sets the stage for fresh elections. While not guaranteed, closer U.S. relations with his key country in our Hemisphere are now possible.
    by anthony.derosa edited by Matthew Keys 3/5/2013 11:13:18 PM
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Fallout from British EU vote alarms Asia, deepens party conflicts

LONDON/BEIJING Turmoil unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the European Union heightened anxiety in Asia on Sunday, with China, Japan and South Korea all fretting over the risk to world financial stability a few hours before markets reopen.