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Colombia and Venezuela Re-Open Border After Years of Tension

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Pedestrians cross the Simon Bolivar International Bridge near the Colombian border in Tachira, Venezuela, on Aug. 7.

Pedestrians cross the Simon Bolivar International Bridge near the Colombian border in Tachira, Venezuela, on Aug. 7.

Photographer: Ferley Ospina/Bloomberg
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Colombia and Venezuela fully re-opened their border on Monday, potentially reactivating billions of dollars in trade that dried up during years of diplomatic tension. 

The first truck crossed a bridge near the Colombian city of Cucuta in the morning, transporting Venezuelan metal exports, as the flow of vehicles re-started.