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Missionaries get the boot

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Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela

Venezuela’s Interior Ministry has given a group of U.S. missionaries three months to “get out of the country,” accusing them of spying for the U.S. government. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says the members of the New Tribes Mission are essentially scouts getting ready for a U.S. invasion. “The people of the United States are governed by a murderer, a crazy man!” Chavez said in a speech last week. A spokeswoman for the evangelical group, which works deep in the Amazonian jungle, said the missionaries have nothing to do with the U.S. government. She said all 160 missionaries and staff members were preparing to go home, but still hoped the Chavez government would reconsider.

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