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Venezuela and Cuba have led more strong attacks on President Obama at the end of an alternative summit of Latin American countries in Havana. The Bolivian Alliance for the Peoples of America (Alba) accused the US of having supported a coup in Honduras as it welcomed the country’s former foreign minister. The strongest rhetoric against the US president again came from Hugo Chavez.

The Venezuelan leader addressed President Obama as “Mr Nobel Prize of War”. He went on to attack Hillary Clinton for making what he called “ridiculous threats”.

The US secretary of state has warned Latin American countries against “flirting” with Iran – under pressure from western countries over its nuclear programme. Chavez defended Alba’s stance, and vowed that relations with Iran would get stronger.

The two-day conference has been dominated by criticism of the US. The meeting ended with a pledge to begin using the “sucre” – the single currency due to replace the dollar in trade between Alba countries.