VENEZUELA

Chavezís tumor removed

Doctors extracted a tumor from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavezís pelvic region and he was stable and recovering in Cuba on Tuesday with family at his side, Vice President Elias Jaua said. He did not say when Chavez had the surgery, but said the socialist leader was stable and recovering adequately. The Venezuelan president has said the growth was probably cancerous, but there was no word on whether it was malignant.

CUBA

Soccer at Guantanamo

Some prisoners at Guantanamo Bay will soon have a new, larger soccer field to help keep them occupied during their indefinite detention. The U.S. military has nearly completed a new recreation yard in Camp 6, where more than 80 percent of the 171 prisoners are held. The yard will also have a trail and exercise equipment. A spokeswoman said the improvements cost nearly $750,000.

SYRIA

Photographer safe

Wounded British photographer Paul Conroy, who had been trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, was spirited safely into Lebanon on Tuesday in a journey that killed 13 rebels who helped him escape the shelling and gunfire. The United Nations said the death toll in the 11-month uprising against authoritarian President Bashar Assad was more than 7,500, and activists reported more than 250 dead in the past two days alone.

FRANCE

Hacking arrests made

Interpol said Tuesday 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America. The international police agency said the arrests in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain were carried out by national law-enforcement officers working under the support of Interpolís Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology Crime. The suspects are between 17 and 40 and are accused of planning coordinated cyber-attacks against institutions, including Colombiaís defense ministry website.

Compiled from wire reports.