Venezuela's Chavez to welcome ally Ahmadinejad
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dismissed a US warning to avoid close ties with Iran on Sunday, denouncing what he said was Washington's attempt to dominate the world as he prepared to welcome the Iranian president to the Latin American nation.


Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is due to arrive at the start of a tour to shore up support from the region's leftist leaders, as tough new Western sanctions aim to isolate the Islamic Republic and target its vital oil exports. (Reuters)