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Chavez ally wins Venezuela poll

Venezuela elects Nicolas Maduro as president in the country's election, the Electoral Authority says.The election board says the result is irreversible and urges Venezuelans to respect the results and stay indoors.

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Maduro on speech intruder: 'They could have shot me'

Television footage captures the stage invader. Credit: Reuters

A man in a red jacket ran onto the stage during Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's inauguration speech today and grabbed the microphone, but was quickly tackled by his bodyguards.

"The security has failed totally. They could have shot me easily," Maduro said after resuming his speech to an audience that included the leaders of Brazil, Iran and Argentina.

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