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Sunday 19 August 2018

In Brief: Chavez reveals cancer's return

VENEZUELAN president Hugo Chavez revealed that a new tumour recently removed from his pelvic region was of the same type of cancer as the baseball-sized growth extracted about eight months ago.

In his first TV appearance in nine days, Mr Chavez said the surgery and follow-up tests showed the tumour was "a recurrence of the initially diagnosed cancer".

The 57-year-old president said he would spend several weeks recovering and then "we are going to do radiation treatment in the area ... without discarding other treatment options".



Datsun may be back on market

NISSAN may bring back the Datsun, the brand symbolic of the Japanese car-maker's roots.

Chief executive Carlos Ghosn has often talked about reviving the Datsun brand, but the manufacturer said it did not comment on future model plans.

The Nikkei, Japan's biggest business daily, said Nissan may revive Datsun as early as 2014. Datsun debuted in Japan in 1932, but discontinued in 1981.



Calls for China spending boost

CHINA'S premier has called for a boost in domestic consumption to keep the economy expanding while overseas markets remain weak.

In a speech to open the annual National People's Congress, Wen Jiabao said the government planned growth of 7.5pc this year -- a target below previous goals.

Mr Wen said boosting domestic consumption was "crucial" to China's future and the government would boost spending on social services and raise incomes for middle and lower-paid groups.



Download site owner accused

US prosecutors are seeking to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues from New Zealand, accusing them of making a fortune by helping internet users share files illegally.

The four men are said to have breached copyright by facilitating millions of illegal downloads.

They are accused of a number of offences including racketeering, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

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