Venezuela's Chavez Goes to Cuba For Cancer Treatment

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew to Cuba early on Monday (December 10) for cancer surgery that he has recognized may end his tumultuous 14-year rule of the South American OPEC nation. Aides said the 58-year-old socialist leader was optimistic, however, as he left for his fourth operation since mid-2011 for an undisclosed form of cancer in the pelvic area. Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said Chavez's Havana-bound plane had left Caracas at about 1:30 a.m. (0600 GMT).