Venezuela halts communication with US diplomat

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Venezuela's Foreign Minister Elias Jaua speaks during a ceremony to honor two Venezuelan diplomats expelled from Washington after Venezuela kicked out two U.S. military attaches, for allegedly conspiring against its government, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Jaua said Venezuela has cut off all diplomatic contact with the United States, saying Washington is meddling in its domestic affairs. Behind is a painting of independence hero Simon Bolivar. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government has halted lines of communication established by a top U.S. diplomat to protest what it says has been U.S. interference in the country's internal affairs ahead of an election set next month to replace the late President Hugo Chavez.