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US rejects Venezuela's accusations of conspiracy

Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro speaks in Caracas on March 5, 2013
Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro speaks in Caracas on March 5, 2013. The Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed that one US military official expelled from Venezuela was en route back to the United States.

The United States on Tuesday rejected Venezuela's allegations of a conspiracy, saying it was "absurd" to assert Washington was somehow behind President Hugo Chavez's cancer.

The Pentagon confirmed the expulsion of two military officers from the US embassy in Caracas and the State Department spokesman said: "An assertion that the United States was somehow involved in causing President Chavez's illness is absurd, and we definitively reject it."

The comments came shortly before Chavez's death was announced in Caracas.

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