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A Venezuelan soldier set up his machine gun on top of an armored vehicle at a routine check point in Las Guardias, Venezuela, some 37 miles from the border with Colombia on March 3.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said March 2 he was ordering tanks and thousands of troops sent to Venezuela’s border with Colombia, accusing his neighbor of pushing South America to the brink of war and saying his government’s embassy in Bogota will be closed.

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