Cuba: Right-wing group in US behind Chavez rumours

Venezuela's vice-president has accused a right-wing group in the US of being behind rumours about President Hugo Chavez's health as he continues battling for his life.

Speaking after a mass at a military hospital in honour of the president, Nicolas Maduro said:

"They're part of a wing of the imperial power of the United States that's the wing that has made more disasters and wars in our continent".

A recent picture of Hugo Chavez with his daughters Credit: reuters

Mr Maduro also said Mr Chavez is receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Last week, after more than two months of in a Cuban hospital, Chavez returned to Caracas where he is being treated at a military hospital.