Venezuela takes census in border area amid row with Colombia

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CARACAS: Venezuela bolstered its military presence and started taking a census Monday in towns along the border with Colombia as part of a diplomatic spat that has seen more than 1,000 Colombians deported, prompting more 10,000 others to flee to avoid being sent home without their families or belongings. A first contingent of 180 troops arrived in Tachira state Monday, near the Colombian border, in Air Force jets. The census is being undertaken in six of 10 border towns in Tachira state that are under a state of emergency decreed August 21 by the president.

AFP

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