Venezuela to use fingerprint gadget against travel scam

Venezuela’s government is planning to use fingerprint checks at its borders to prevent a popular travel scam.

Venezuelans travelling abroad are entitled to a foreign currency allowance at a cheaper rate.

But amidst the economic crisis, some are only buying travel tickets to sell dollars on the black market and making a profit of nearly 700%.

Credit cards will be activated abroad only after checking that the person has left the country, authorities say.

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Venezuela’s Maduro stuck in shadow of ‘El Comandante’ Chavez

Hovering over a sun-baked mountain one day in his presidential helicopter, Hugo Chavez had a dream: to build a utopian city that would showcase socialism in Venezuela.

Slowly and chaotically over the years that followed, the late president’s pet project – conceived a decade into his rule and named “Ciudad Caribia” for the country’s indigenous Carib people – began to take shape on the mountain 10 km (6 miles) northwest of the capital, Caracas.

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3 Venezuelan envoys expelled by US in retaliation

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Three Venezuelan diplomats were ordered out of the United States on Tuesday in response to their government’s decision to boot three U.S. officials from Venezuela, including the highest-ranking U.S. envoy in the country.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the expulsion of U.S. charge d’affaires Kelly Keiderling and two other diplomats Monday, accusing them of conspiring with “the extreme right” to sabotage the South American country’s economy and power grid.

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Venezuela expels top US diplomat, 2 other envoys

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday the expulsion of the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and two other embassy officials, alleging they conspired with “the extreme right” to sabotage the economy and power grid.

The U.S. Embassy rejected as unfounded the Venezuelan government’s accusations of “a great psychological operation” against it.

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US, Venezuela in overflight spat

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials said Friday that they had initially refused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro permission to fly over a segment of U.S. airspace on his way to China because his government made the request on short notice.

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Latin America sends aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

A chartered plane carrying aid from Latin American organizations arrived Monday at the Rafik Hariri International Airport from Venezuela to help Lebanon’s sizable Syrian refugee population.

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) is an international cooperative organization with Latin American and Caribbean countries under its umbrella.

The plane carried 7 tons of food and medical aid, in addition to blankets. It was received by Venezuelan Ambassador to Lebanon Souad Karam, Cuban Ambassador Rene Ceballo Prats and Ecuador’s Honorary Consul Karam Doumit.

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