december 10, 2012 • 11:53 AM • last update 11:54 AM
Chavez faces cancer surgery in Cuba, vows "I'll be back"
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Venezuela's ailing President Hugo Chavez arrived to Cuba on Monday for cancer surgery, vowing to return quickly despite his unprecedented admission the disease could end his 14-year rule of the South American OPEC nation. "I leave full of hope. We are warriors, full of light and faith," the ever-upbeat Chavez said before boarding the flight to Havana. "I hope to be back soon."
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