Top story: Tensions between Venezuela and Colombia increased over the weekend as President Hugo Chavez urged his country to prepare for war. Chavez ordered 15,000 troops to the border last Thursday. "Let's not waste a day on our main aim: to prepare for war and to help the people prepare for war, because it is everyone's responsibility," Chavez said on his weekly TV show. Such preparation is the "best way to avoid war," he said.
Chavez objects to a leasing agreement giving the U.S. military greater access to Colombian military, saying it could set the stage for a U.S. invasion of Venezuela. "Don't make a mistake, Mr. Obama, by ordering an attack against Venezuela by way of Colombia," Chavez said. A series of shooting along the border has also increased tensions in recent weeks.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is appealing to the United Nations and Organization of American States after Chavez's "threats of war."
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