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State TV: Chavez Returns To Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan state media has reported that President Hugo Chavez returned to the country after receiving cancer treatment in Cuba.

The 56-year-old leader's return home comes just one day before Venezuela celebrates its 200th anniversary of independence from Spain.

Earlier on July 4 former Cuban leader Fidel Castro published comments on the health of his leftist ally, predicting that Chavez's "impressive" treatment results indicated a victory against the disease.

compiled from agency reports