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Venezuelan aid 'not likely to be delivered this Saturday'

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido left Caracas with some 80 lawmakers on Thursday on a 800-km trip to the Colombian border where they hope to receive food and medicine to alleviate shortages in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro's beleaguered socialist government, which denies there is an economic crisis in Venezuela, said on Thursday it was considering closing the border with Colombia and would close the border with Brazil. Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, has pledged to bring in the humanitarian aid already piling up in warehouses on the Colombian side of the border by land and sea on Saturday. Brazil's government on Tuesday pledged to deliver aid that would enter aboard trucks driven by Venezuelans organized by Guaido.

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