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VENEZUELA: 2 feared dead in border protests as Maduro cuts ties with Colombia



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The political unrest in the South American country of Venezuela continues to linger as two people were feared killed in unrest near border with Brazil as opposition leader Juan Guaido makes moves to bring much needed aid into the country.

In a related development, embattled President Nicolas Maduro has severed ties with Colombia and has ordered its diplomats to leave Venezuala.

Reacting to Maduro’s decision, Colombia’s Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said Bogota did not recognise the “legitimacy” of the Venezuelan leader but would withdraw its diplomatic staff from Caracas as soon as possible in order to protect their “life and integrity”.

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Maduro’s severing of ties with Colombia comes days after he closed his country’s border with Brazil amid heightening political crisis and aid stand off.

The desperate leader said the border will be closed until further notice and described the move by US-backed Guaido to deploy aid caravans as a ‘provocation’.

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