Venezuela tells U.S. embassy in Caracas: Cut staff by 80 percent

March 2, 2015 9:10 PM

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Venezuela tells U.S. embassy in Caracas: Cut staff by 80 percent

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela on Monday ordered the U.S. embassy in Caracas to reduce staff from 100 to 17 amid the worst diplomatic flare-up between the two ideological foes since socialist President Nicolas Maduro was elected in 2013.

Maduro, who like his predecessor Hugo Chavez frequently locks horns with Washington, has stepped up accusations in recent weeks that the United States is seeking to topple him.

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