Desperate Venezuelans who no longer see any future in their troubled homeland are fleeing the economic crisis and heading over the border to northern Brazil. The Brazilian government has declared a state of emergency in the region.
Colombians are voting for a new president. But instead of the peace process and former FARC fighters, the focus of the campaign has been on refugees from Venezuela, security and social policy.
Venezuela has already begun the process of leaving the regional bloc but the US has renewed calls for its suspension. The US condemned the May elections and called for constitutional order to be resumed.
The government of President Nicolas Maduro has said the release of jailed activists is meant to foster dialogue. Opposition lawmakers have dismissed the move as a token gesture by a dictatorship.
A group of countries from the Americas says it will scale down diplomatic relations with Venezuela after what it described as an illegitimate presidential election. The 14 states have pledged to recall their ambassadors.
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