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Chavez fighting severe lung infection

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is being treated for ‘‘respiratory deficiency’’ after complications from a severe lung infection, his government said, pointing to a deepening crisis for the ailing 58-year-old president.

Chavez hasn’t spoken publicly or been seen since his Dec. 11 operation in Cuba, and the latest report from his government Thursday night increased speculation that he is unlikely to be able to be sworn in for another term as scheduled in less than a week.

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