The casualty count comes after several days of heavy gunfire forced some capital residents fleeing their homes and snarled traffic in several neighborhoods.
By cracking down on FARC dissidents, Caracas aims to co-opt the guerrillas as loyalist proxies it can wield as a foreign policy tool.
This is the first time in 20 years that a Colombian leader has come under attack in a country that's struggling to contain rebel groups.
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Brazil open 2021 Copa America football with 3-0 win over depleted Venezuela, dominating their inexperienced opponents from start to finish in a one-sided match.
The mayoral and gubernatorial elections will be the first overseen by the new council, named earlier this month, which includes three members linked to President Nicolas Maduro's ruling Socialist Party and two members close to the opposition.
Venezuela's armed forces have engaged in clashes with Colombian armed groups in the western border state of Apure since March 21, displacing thousands of civilians towards Colombia.
US sanctions will escalate global competition between Washington and Beijing, pushing China to develop better relations with America's enemies.
A confrontation between Venezuela's military with an armed group in the southwestern Venezuelan state of Apure near the frontier with Colombia resulted in several casualties, said the mayor of Arauquita, Etelivar Torres.
"Music beyond entertaining us, it can transform us, it can heal, it can soothe emotions," says Jose Agustin Sanchez, the Venezuelan pianist, composer and conductor who launched the initiative of a mobile orchestra performance.
Venezuela's move comes after EU foreign ministers agreed to sanction 19 Venezuelan officials a day earlier.
The US will have only nonvoting observer status on the council through the end of 2021, the officials said the administration intends to seek one of three full member seats currently held by Austria, Denmark and Italy.
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