URGENT ¥¥¥ Chavez's breathing problem 'persists': minister

Venezuela's cancer-stricken president Hugo Chavez is still suffering from respiratory problems, and the evolution of that condition "has not been favorable," the information minister said Thursday.

Chavez, who returned home early Monday after a fourth cancer surgery and more than two months of convalescence in Cuba, will receive more treatment for the breathing issue, the minister, Ernesto Villegas, said on state television.