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    Clock Ticking for US Diplomats Expelled from Venezuela

    Pedestrians walk past a wall outside the U.S. embassy, Caracas, Oct. 1, 2013.
    Pedestrians walk past a wall outside the U.S. embassy, Caracas, Oct. 1, 2013.
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    The clock is ticking for the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and two other U.S. embassy employees one day after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced their expulsion, accusing them of conspiring with the political opposition.
     
    President Maduro made the announcement on live television Monday, saying the diplomats have 48 hours to leave the country. The Venezuelan government released video it says proves the U.S. officials met with opposition and labor leaders to sabotage Venezuela's economy and electrical system.
     
    One of the three people in the video was identified as U.S. Charge d'Affaires Kelly Keiderling. She ranks as the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela since the U.S. has no ambassador in the South American nation.
     
    The U.S. embassy has denied the Venezuelan accusations, saying it rejects allegations the U.S. government was involved in "any type of conspiracy" to "destabilize" Venezuela's government.
     
    The footage aired on Venezuelan state television Monday showed three people in Bolivar state leaving the offices of Sumate, an electoral-monitoring group that in 2004 helped organize a failed recall vote against Maduro's predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez.
     
    Venezuela's foreign minister, Elias Jaua, accused the U.S. officials of plotting with Sumate to not recognize the results of Venezuela's upcoming municipal elections on December 8, as well as other transgressions.
     
    The U.S. embassy statement said the three diplomats' trip to Bolivar was part of "normal diplomatic engagement."
     
    In March, Maduro expelled two U.S. military attaches hours before announcing Chavez had died of cancer.
     
    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: john smith
    October 01, 2013 5:29 PM
    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.
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    by: HawaiianNeal from: Honolulu
    October 02, 2013 6:19 PM
    Too funny. "America is evil", "America is the anti Christ", blah, blah ,blah. "Oh yeah, thank for buying my oil, Satan!", "My children want iPhones, Satan!", "Can we get a McDonald's in our country, Satan?"

    Seriously????

    1) Quit selling us oil.
    2) Quit making our consumer goods corporations rich.
    3) Quit speaking English
    Until the rest of the world is ready to do that....
    4) Quit whining!

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