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Venezuelan protests 2014-16

Venezuela's government frees former presidential candidate, several student activists arrested during anti-government protests in 2014 - AP

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Venezuela

Venezuelan President Maduro further extends use of 100 bolivar note until Jan. 20, 2017 - NTN24

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Catholic Church

More: Pope offers prayers and wishes peace toward people of Colombia, Venezuela, Eastern Ukraine, families of terror victims, the economically downtrodden in annual Christmas message - @CatholicNewsSvc

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

More: New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal to call for UN Security Council vote on Israeli settlements in the West Bank Friday, diplomats say - Reuters

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

4 UN Security Council members say they reserve right to move ahead with resolution demanding end to Israeli settlement activity if Egypt doesn't call for vote - Reuters

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Colombia

Report: Border between Venezuela and Colombia will remain closed until Jan. 2 - @UNoticias

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Venezuela

Venezuelan President Maduro extends use of 100 bolivar bill until Jan. 2, 2017 - teleSUR

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Venezuelan protests 2014-16

Looting reported in Venezuela as protests break out against efforts to change the country's banknotes - AFP

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Brazil

Venezuela extends border closing with Colombia, Brazil for 72 hours - AFP

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Colombia-Venezuela border closure

Venezuelan President Maduro closes border with Colombia for 72 hours to combat currency smuggling - AP

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obituaries

Yorman Landa, 22-year-old Minnesota Twins minor league pitcher, dies in car accident in Venezuela - Star Tribune

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Venezuela

Photo: Central Bank of Venezuela's 6 new bank notes that will enter circulation on Dec. 15 - @NTN24ve

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Mercosur

Venezuelan foreign minister says country has fulfilled 95% of Mercosur membership rules, claims other countries in bloc are conspiring against Venezuela - NTN24

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Venezuela

Central Bank of Venezuela introduces 6 new bills, 3 new coins that will enter circulation on Dec. 15 - Agencia EFE

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Vatican City

Vatican seeks to revive faltering Venezuela talks - Reuters

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Syrian Civil War

UN Security Council attempt for 7-day ceasefire in Aleppo, Syria, fails after Russia and China vetoes; Venezuela voted no, Angola abstained - @mbesheer

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Fidel Castro dies

Photo: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores arrive in Cuba to pay tribute to Fidel Castro - @telesurenglish

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Mercosur

Mercosur suspends Venezuela's membership in the regional trade bloc; Argentina to assume president pro tempore - Clarin

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Plane crashes near Medellin, Colombia, Nov. 28, 2016

More: Colombian authorities say among 71 dead in plane crash, there were 64 Brazilians, 5 Bolivians, 1 Paraguayan and 1 Venezuelan; repatriation process beginning - Wall Street Journal

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Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries

Venezuelan president tweets his congratulations to OPEC for reaching production output deal - @NicolasMaduro

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