Venezuelan president announces closing of border with Brazil

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"I don't want to make such a decision, but I am considering it - an absolute closure of the border with Colombia", he said.

"Confirmed - it's rolling", the spokesman said of the collection operation announced Wednesday by Guaido, who has been recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries.

Earlier on Thursday Guaido said he will personally go to the border with Colombia to get the shipment from the United States, urging drivers to go with him and defy the border guards ordered to prevent the delivery.

A caravan of vehicles carrying Mr Guaido left the Venezuelan capital of Caracas early today, heading toward the border with Colombia as part of the effort to bring in aid stored in the city of Cucuta starting on Saturday.

Mr Maduro said he's also weighing whether to shut down border with Colombia.

"We know that the regime is going to put all obstacles to prevent us from reaching the border, but nothing is stopping us, we are going to continue", said opposition lawmaker Yanet Fermin.

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Guaido still has not provided details on how the aid could come in.

Venezuela has already closed its maritime border with the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire, after Curacao's government said it would help store aid. The oil-rich economy has halved in size in five years.

Maduro accuses the Trump administration, which recognizes Guaido and has levied crippling sanctions against the Venezuelan government, of seeking to force his ouster.

Sunday is the deadline given to Maduro by Guaido, presumably in coordination with the USA, to allow the "humanitarian aid" inside the country. Maduro says the aid meant to undermine and overthrow him and says Venezuela needs no such shipments.

This trip will be Pence's fifth trip to Latin America as Vice President. Guaido has offered future amnesties to military officers who disavow Maduro, though few have so far done so. (AP) Opposition leaders led by Juan Guaido are vowing to bring in USA supplies of emergency food and medicine to dramatise the country's hardships under Mr Maduro, who has said the country doesn't need such help.

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