U.S. curbs visas for Venezuelan officials over graft, rights

February 3, 2015 2:01 AM

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Relations between the United States and Venezuela deteriorated on Monday after Washington imposed visa restrictions on officials involved in alleged human rights abuses and those believed responsible for public corruption in the oil-exporting country.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro slammed the sanctions and called them hypocritical in the latest sign of discord between Washington and Caracas.

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