In this photo provided by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, center, during a meeting with ministers, Thursday March 29, 2012. Chavez returned home from Cuba Wednesday night, shortly before midnight, after a five day round of radiation therapy and says the cancer treatments are going well during a state television program early Thursday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
Heading to Cuba, Chavez ups Venezuela minimum wage
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced plans to increase his country's minimum wage.
Chavez says the minimum wage will increase 15 percent in May and an additional 15 percent in September. The increase has been expected given Venezuela's soaring inflation, which currently stands at about 25 percent.
The leftist president's government has raised the minimum wage between 20 percent and 30 percent each year during the past decade.
Chavez made the announcement as he prepared to return to Cuba late Saturday for his next round of cancer treatment. He has been traveling to and from Havana recently for radiation therapy treatment.
Truck crash in Haiti kills at least 20, injures 40
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A Haitian official says a big truck jammed with people has run off a road and at least 20 people are dead and 40 others injured.
Ronald Louis of Haiti's Civil Protection Office says the truck's brakes failed Saturday afternoon as it drove on a hilly road outside the western town of Petit-Goave.
Seventeen people died at the scene, many of them crushed. Three more died at a hospital. The forty who were injured were taken to hospitals in the area.
Fatal traffic accidents are common in impoverished Haiti, where police seldom enforce traffic laws and many vehicles are overloaded with passengers.