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Chavez says US suffered 'great defeat' in move to condemn Venezuela over TV case

President Hugo Chavez said the United States suffered a humiliating defeat in its move to condemn Venezuela internationally for forcing an opposition-aligned TV station off the air.

Chavez warned Wednesday that U.S.-backed interests, including the Boston-based Albert Einstein Institution, were trying to stage a «soft coup» against his government, claiming they were behind student protests over his refusal to renew the channel's license. The institution, however, said it had no presence in Venezuela.

Chavez began his news conference by playing a video of a heated debate between his foreign minister and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at an Organization of American States meeting in Panama on Monday. The OAS declined to adopt a U.S. request to investigate his government's removal of Radio Caracas Television from the air.

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