Chavez back home in Venezuela after cancer surgery
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez salutes before his departure to Venezuela from the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, Monday July 4, 2011. Chavez returned to Venezuela from Cuba on Monday morning, stepping off a plane hours before dawn and saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Prensa Latina)
July 4, 2011 1:11:28 PM PDT
By IAN JAMES Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela - July 3, 2011 --
President Hugo Chavez made a stunning middle-of-the-night return home to Venezuela after three weeks of cancer treatment in Cuba, appearing determined to dispel doubts about his political future.