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Venezuela's Chavez back in hospital

In a sign his condition might be deteriorating, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has been sent again to the Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital in Caracas. Wednesday, his doctors were considering transferring him to the private Caracas Clinics Hospital, where he could be better treated for his renal-insufficiency problems, said sources close to the situation.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Chávez entered the hospital on Tuesday.

“His general condition was compromised,” said one of the sources who saw him when he entered the Military Hospital. “When he arrived, he was in very serious condition.’’

Another source said that he was in a bad state when members of his secret service took him from the Presidential Palace to the hospital.

On state-run television Thursday, Chávez asked Venezuelans to “pay no attention to the rumors” of his declining heath. He also said he would be making public appearances again when he fully recovers from his cancer treatment.

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