December 12, 2016 / 11:46 PM / 7 months ago

Venezuela closes Colombia border for 72 hours to prevent note smuggling

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People pay using 100 bolivar notes at a shoe shop in San Cristobal, Venezuela, December 12, 2016.Carlos Eduardo Ramirez

CARACAS (Reuters) - - Venezuela's leftist president Nicolas Maduro on Monday said he would close the bustling border with Colombia for 72 hours to prevent the smuggling of bank notes, a day after he announced the country's biggest bills would be withdrawn to crack down on organised criminals operating on the border.

Reporting by Corina Pons; Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Alan Crosby

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