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Venezuela Closes Its Miami Consulate


Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds a crude oil sample as he deliver his annual state of the nation at the National Assembly in Caracas January 13, 2012.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds a crude oil sample as he deliver his annual state of the nation at the National Assembly in Caracas January 13, 2012.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered the closure of the country's consulate in Miami, days after the United States expelled a Venezuelan diplomat.

In a speech to the National Assembly Friday, Chavez said he was taking the move in response to what he called an "unfair" action by the U.S.

The United States said Sunday it was expelling Venezuela's consul general in Miami, Livia Acosta Noguera, amid reports she discussed possible cyber attacks on the United States.

The allegations were made in a documentary aired by the Spanish-language media outlet, Univision.

Chavez said there is no proof that the diplomat was engaged in espionage

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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