VP says he spoke with Chavez, who is up, walking

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Pierre Denis, who works at Venezuela's embassy, carries an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez after holding a Mass to pray for Chavez's health in Petion-Ville, Haiti, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Chavez is recovering in Cuba from surgery, his fourth operation related to pelvic cancer since June 2011. (AP Photo/ Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said late Monday night that he had spoken by telephone with President Hugo Chavez and that the leader is up and walking following cancer surgery in Cuba.

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