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Clashes break out on Venezuelan border over aid showdown

Venezuelan forces stationed along the country's borders hurled tear gas at Venezuela's opposition and activists on Saturday to block their efforts to bring in food and medicine. Authorities are calling the aid a veiled US-backed invasion. Opposition volunteers in neighbouring Brazil and Colombia plan to arrive at the border to help carry humanitarian aid to a sick and hungry population suffering from an economic meltdown under President Nicolas Maduro. While the need for basic food and medicines is real, the effort is also meant to embarrass military officers who continue to support Maduro's increasingly isolated government. Juan Guaido, recognised by most Western nations as the country's legitimate head of state, defied court orders not to leave Venezuela by arriving on Friday in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, where aid from the US and Colombian governments is stockpiled in warehouses.

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