Panama orders Venezuela envoy out, Caracas suspends flights

CARACAS: Panama on Thursday ordered Venezuela’s ambassador out and recalled its own envoy to the country as Caracas imposed sanctions on senior Panamanian officials and suspended flights in an escalating diplomatic row.

At issue is Panama’s alignment with other Latin American countries as well as the European Union, Canada and the United States that have taken measures against President Nicolas Maduro’s and his government on the grounds that he is undemocratically tightening his hold on power.

“Panama’s government has decided to withdraw its ambassador to

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