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Venezuela Recalls Ambassador to Colombia Over Rebel Capture

Venezuela has recalled its ambassador from Colombia following an ongoing dispute over last month's capture of leftist rebel leader.

Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel says the ambassador was called back for consultations.

Venezuela has accused the Colombian government of bribing Venezuelan authorities to take part in the capture of Rodrigo Granda, a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The rebel leader was arrested in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on December 14. However, Venezuela says Mr. Granda was illegally abducted from its capital, Caracas, and smuggled over the border.

Venezuela's decision to recall its ambassador comes a day after Colombia's defense minister admitted his government paid bounty hunters an undisclosed amount of money to capture Mr. Granda.

The incident has strained relations between the neighboring countries.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.