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The Crisis in Venezuela Is Rapidly Escalating. Here's Everything That Happened Over the Weekend

The Crisis in Venezuela Is Rapidly Escalating. Here's Everything That Happened Over the WeekendDeadly clashes at the border over humanitarian aid led to the end of diplomatic ties with Colombia and fresh talk of intervention



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Venezuela: Violent clashes break out as nation closes border with three countries amid escalating crisis

Venezuela: Violent clashes break out as nation closes border with three countries amid escalating crisisVenezuelan soldiers fired tear gas at civilians near the country’s border with Colombia, amid growing tensions after a crowd tried to clear a barricade in an effort to access humanitarian aid, including food and medicine. Flames from the bus blaze caused nearby power lines to spark along the border. The fresh burst of violence came as Nicolas Maduro‘s government closed Venezuela’s border bridges with Colombia on Friday, having also closed the nation’s borders with Brazil and the island of Curacao, other crucial points of entry for international aid.



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Venezuela crisis: Maduro closes border with Brazil amid escalating tension with US over foreign aid

Venezuela crisis: Maduro closes border with Brazil amid escalating tension with US over foreign aidVenezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has closed the nation’s border with Brazil, amid an escalating standoff over allowing aid from the US to enter the country. In a televised address from the nation’s largest military base, Mr Maduro said he was also considering shuttering the border with neighbouring Colombia, two days before the opposition has vowed to move aid from the US and other nations inside Venezuela. “I don’t want to take any decision of this type but I am evaluating it, a total closure of the border with Colombia,” he said.



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Defenders rally around pope, fear conservatives escalating war

Defenders rally around pope, fear conservatives escalating warFrancis’ supporters say the accusations in Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s 11-page public statement aim to pave the way for a conservative pope to succeed him who would reverse his openings to divorced and homosexual Catholics. In the statement published at the weekend, Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to Washington, called on Francis to resign on the grounds the pope knew for years about the sexual misconduct of an American cardinal and did nothing.



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America Is Escalating Its War of Words with North Korea

America Is Escalating Its War of Words with North KoreaSeoul is continuing to support Washington’s efforts at a diplomatic solution that would result in a denuclearized North Korea—though it is unclear how that might be achieved. The United States is continuing to up the ante in its war of words with North Korea. Yesterday, a nuclear-capable Northrop Grumman B-2A Sprit stealth bomber based out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri conducted a long-range training mission in the Pacific as Washington continues to increase the pressure on Pyongyang.



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US, Turkey mutually suspend visa services in escalating row

US, Turkey mutually suspend visa services in escalating rowThe United States and Turkey on Sunday scaled back visa issuing services in each other’s countries in a deepening diplomatic row sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul. The American embassy in Ankara said that “recent events” forced the US government to reassess Turkey’s “commitment” to the security of US mission services and personnel in the country. In order to minimise the number of visitors while the assessment is carried out, “effective immediately we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all US diplomatic facilities in Turkey,” it said.



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