VENEZUELA: Brush with Death

Bound for Armed Forces Day ceremonies at Caracas' Military School, Venezuelan President Rómulo Betancourt rode through the city streets in the presidential limousine chatting to Defense Minister Josue Lopez Henríquez and Mrs. Henriquez, who were beside him. A onetime leftist grown moderate with the years, Betancourt came to power two years ago after the overthrow of the tyrant Marcos Pérez Jiménez, and devoutly hopes to symbolize an end to the traditional violence of oil-rich Venezuela. Chauffeur Azael Valero swung the black presidential car onto the Avenida de los Próceres near the...

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