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Venezuela steps up deportation of Colombians

Venezuela has ramped up a deportation programme for Colombians - in some cases separating children from their parents, Colombia's migration office has said.

Venezuela has stepped up its deportation programme for Colombians Credit: Reuters

President Nicolas Maduro closed two official border crossings between the two countries last week, following a shootout between an armed smuggling gang and troops which left three soldiers wounded.

He later declared a 60-day state of emergency in five regions near the border, saying Venezuela was a "victim" of "paramilitaries and the Colombian right".

Since then, 612 adult Colombian citizens and 139 minors have been returned to their native country.

While children cannot legally be deported, authorities have been describing their movements as "repatriations".

Colombia's Foreign Ministry has demanded guarantees that families will be kept together during the deportation process.


Colombia to cut attacks on Farc rebels

File photo of Colombian soldiers on patrol. Credit: Reuters

The Colombian government and leftist rebels have announced that they will seek to work out a full ceasefire that would end conflict that has lasted over fifty years.

Colombia has agreed to scale down military action if the guerilla group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) suspends all attacks.

The de-escalation is scheduled to begin on 20th July, said a joint statement read in Havana, where the two sides have been negotiating on a peace accord for almost three years.


'Matching sombreros' for Charles and Camilla

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall don sombreros during a visit to the Museo del Oro Credit: PA Wire

Colombian dignitaries gave the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall some much-needed protection from the blazing sun - his and hers matching sombreros.

Charles and Camilla tried on their gifts and posed for a picture as they toured an exhibition showcasing traditional crafts from across the Latin American country.

The black and white hats, made from woven palm leaves, are called Vueltiao and are worn by peasants and cattle ranchers from the coast.

Charles and Camilla were visiting a gold museum showcasing fabulous treasures from the Latin American nation's early history.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a nine-day visit to Colombia and Mexico.

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