Amnesty sought for Venezuela's jailed Chavez opponents

CARACAS - Venezuela's opposition is pressing President Hugo Chavez for a Christmas amnesty for scores of his foes in jail and exile over their roles in the many political conflicts of his 14-year rule.
They hope that after a comfortable re-election in October, followed by reconciliatory words about opponents, the socialist leader may be feeling more generous.
Fanning optimism among relatives and opposition circles, three heavyweight Chavez allies - the vice president, head of Congress and the attorney general - have agreed to study a list of more than 100 names presented by an opposition commission this week.