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Americans were warned about Venezuela travel before latest sanctions
Americans were warned about Venezuela travel before latest sanctions

If Venezuela is on your travel list this year, you may want to consider the warning about the country's violent crime that was issued by the U.S. State Department late last year. The Dec. 11 travel warning came well before President Obama on Monday called Venezuela an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the U.S. and imposed sanctions against seven of its officials. The warning says the South American nation generally and the capital Caracas specifically have a homicide rate that is among the highest in the world. It cited Caracas' rate of 134 homicides per 100,000 people. It says kidnappings are "a serious concern throughout the country" and...

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