Venezuelan oil diplomacy curbed by economic crisis

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FILE - In this Jan 19, 2006 file photo, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, embraces Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, left, and Argentina's President Nestor Kirchner, in Brasilia, Brazil. The days of geopolitical chest thumping, best captured when Chavez in 2006 laid out plans to build a pipeline stretching across South America, are a fast-fading memory. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The late President Hugo Chavez's dream of leveraging Venezuela's oil wealth to spread revolution across Latin America is crumbling under the weight of an economic crisis that is forcing his hand-picked successor to cut back on generous foreign aid.