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Venezuela's Chavez Accuses CNN of Calling for His Assassination


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called for an investigation into U.S.-based CNN, saying the news network was seeking his assassination after its Spanish-language channel ran an image of him next to a caption that read, "Who killed him?"

CNN issued an apology over Tuesday's video mix-up, saying the caption had been meant for a story about Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor, who died Tuesday in Florida of a gunshot wound.

But President Chavez said he doubted the caption was broadcast next to his image by mistake and called on his attorney general to probe the incident. He accused the network of possibly seeking to "instigate a political assassination."

Mr. Chavez, who was briefly ousted in a 2002 coup, has often reported alleged attempts to assassinate him but without offering significant evidence.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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