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U.S. Expels Venezuelan Diplomats, Echoes Similar Move in Caracas

Image: A demonstrator holds a placard as she stands in front of national guards during a protest near the Cuba's Embassy in Caracas
A demonstrator holds a placard as she stands in front of national guards during a protest near the Cuba's Embassy in Caracas on Feb. 25, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators put up barricades and set fire to trash in Caracas on Monday despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests that have led to 13 deaths in Venezuela's worst unrest for a decade. JORGE SILVA / Reuters

A demonstrator holds a placard, above, as she stands in front of national guards during a protest near the Cuba's Embassy in Caracas on Feb. 25.

On Tuesday, The United States gave three Venezuelan diplomats 48 hours to leave the country in a tit-for-tat reprisal over a decision by Caracas last week to expel three U.S. diplomats.

Venezuela accused the Americans of recruiting students to lead protests in Caracas against President Nicolas Maduro. Washington called the accusations "baseless and false."

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