Venezuela shuts border to fight smuggling
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the closure of the border with Colombia for 72 hours in a crackdown on currency smuggling by what he says are "mafias" trying to destabilize the socialist-run economy.
Maduro announced the decision Monday following a meeting with top economic aides. The move comes as he is trying to curb Venezuela's galloping inflation and roll out a new range of bank notes after deciding to pull from circulation a 100-bolivar bill.
Source: Associated Press