Venezuela’s Chavez Says Won’t Need Operation After Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he won’t need a knee operation after receiving treatment for it.

“Hopefully, it won’t be necessary to operate,” Chavez said in comments carried by state television. Chavez said he is using some of his free time to try playing a guitar that pop singer Shakira sent him.

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