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Venezuela's Chavez seals key deals with Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sealed oil exploration rights in Venezuela's Orinoco river belt during a visit to President Hugo Chavez in Caracas.

The leaders also agreed deals which commit Russia to helping Venezuela build a nuclear power plant and space industry.

But Mr Chavez was keen to state that "we are not building an alliance against the United States".

Will Grant reports from Caracas.

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