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19 August, Monday

Hope for Venezuela - Colombian border will be reopened

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido says that Norway's effort to mediate in the standoff with the government of President Maduro had stalled and no new talks were planned.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Friday ordered the reopening of the country's border with Colombia in western Tachira state, near where international aid refused by Caracas has amassed.

The economically-devastated South American nation is suffering from shortages of food, medicine and other essentials amid a power struggle between Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognised as interim president by several countries including the United States.

An estimated 3.3 million people have fled the crisis in Venezuela since the start of 2016, including one million who have left the country since November, the United Nations said on Friday.

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