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Venezuelan president absent from Brazil summit

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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Venezuela took part in its first summit meeting of the Mercosur trade bloc as a full member on Friday, but without President Hugo Chavez present. Sitting in for Chavez at the one-day gathering of South American leaders in the Brazilian capital was Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez. Venezuela became was welcomed into Mercosur in July. Chavez's absence at the meeting...

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