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Relations with Venezuela worsen as US orders diplomatic staff to exit

WASHINGTON - Relations between the United States and Venezuela appeared all but collapsed Tuesday after the leftist government in Caracas set a 72-hour deadline for American diplomats to leave the country and the State Department said it was removing all U.S. Embassy staff.

Although the two nations did not formally sever diplomatic ties, the move signaled growing tensions as the Trump administration and its allies sought to oust Venezuela's embattled leader, Nicolas Maduro, and install an opposition

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