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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro, left, and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello greet the media as they arrive to the Supreme Court for a special session marking the start of the judicial year in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Maduro said Sunday he's optimistic that President Hugo Chavez will soon return to Venezuela following cancer-related surgery in Cuba. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)