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    Maduro Cuts Colombia Ties Amid Aid Battles

    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro sent Colombian diplomats packing Saturday, accusing their neighboring “fascist government” of facilitating cross-border “attacks” by the United States. The conflict over aid shipments coming from Colombia, Brazil, and even Puerto Rico — which Maduro has vowed to stop despite severe shortages — reportedly caused five more deaths Saturday as pro-government forces clashed with protesters.

    Is this a turning point? Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim leader by the U.S. and some 50 other nations, hasn’t succeeded in fomenting widespread Venezuelan troop defections, and U.S. involvement cuts both ways, so Maduro isn’t going anywhere yet.

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