BBC MUNDO (UK), EL NACIONAL, EL UNIVERSAL (Venezuela)

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CARACAS- On Monday, the Venezuelan Minister for Communication and Information, Ernesto Villegas, tweeted that Hugo Chávez has returned to Cuba for a new operation for his cancer according to Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional.

BBC Mundo reports that despite a year and a half of treatment that included three surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, this is the first time that Hugo Chávez has suggested that he may not return, naming Vice-President Nicolás Maduro as his successor. Chávez has handled his cancer treatment with absolute secrecy until now and said that this new surgery is “absolutely essential”.

Chávez sought permission yesterday from the National Assembly to travel to Havana for an indefinite amount of time after finding more malignant cells in the same place as his cancer from last year, according to El Universal.

After being elected for a fourth term in October with 55% of the vote, Chávez is due to be inaugurated for another six years on January 10.

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The Train Wreck That Is Poland Right Now

Everything is collapsing: The zloty is sinking, a virus is spreading, diplomacy has disappeared, and so has the rule of law. And the government claims everything is going just fine.

Police forces on the Poland-Belarus border.

Monika Olejnik

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WARSAW — Everywhere we look, there is a disaster.

The zloty is sinking because of inflation, which we owe to the head of Poland's central bank Adam Glapinski, a political ally of ruling PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski since the early 1990s when the pair demonstrated against then President Lech Wałęsa and joined in burning his effigy.

At the same time, we also have a COVID-19 catastrophe. As we've witnessed, 25,000 daily cases and hundreds of deaths are not enough for the government to introduce any kind of restrictions. The Prime Minister is afraid of demonstrations that could lead to deaths from COVID-19, while tens of thousands of people recently attended the National Stadium without masks and nobody checked whether anyone was vaccinated.

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