Poster of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Caracas, 26 Feb
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Hugo Chavez suffers new severe infection

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is suffering from a new, severe respiratory infection following cancer surgery, the government has said.

Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said Mr Chavez's condition continued to be very delicate.

Mr Chavez, 58, returned to Venezuela last month after being treated for cancer in Cuba, but has not appeared in public since.

Irene Caselli reports from Caracas.