Venezuela expels top US diplomat, two others
CARACAS (AFP) - President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of the top US diplomat in Venezuela and two other embassy officials on Monday, accusing them of plotting with the opposition to sabotage the economy.
Mr Maduro gave charge d'affaires Kelly Keiderling and the two other diplomats 48 hours to leave the country.
"Yankees go home," the leftist leader said in a public address, adding that he had instructed Foreign Minister Elias Jaua to throw out the three Americans.
The United States and Venezuela have been without mutual ambassadors since 2010, making Keiderling the most senior US diplomat in Caracas.