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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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German-Iranian gunman kills nine in Munich, then himself: police

MUNICH An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire near a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack on civilians in Western Europe in eight days. | Video