In Venezuela, conflict intensifies over opening the border to humanitarian aid

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The Venezuelan flag. Photo credit: Ruurmo/CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr

Venezuelan security forces opened fire on a group of protestors today at the Brazilian border – a day after President Nicolas Maduro ordered all crossings at the Brazil border closed. The protestors want Maduro to open the border to food and medicine aid that’s piling up on the other side. Meanwhile, billionaire Richard Branson is throwing a controversial concert today on the Colombian border, hoping it will persuade the country's government to open its borders to humanitarian aid.