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Scandal-Plagued Ex-Congressman Arrested in Venezuela Probe

David Rivera accused of signing secret contract with Venezuela

(Newser) - A former Miami congressman who signed a $50 million consulting contract with Venezuela’s socialist government was arrested Monday on charges of money laundering and representing a foreign government without registering, the AP reports. David Rivera, a Republican who has been marred by scandals stretching back to his days in...

US Lets Chevron Start Pumping Oil in Venezuela Again

But US says it remains leery of President Nicolas Maduro

(Newser) - The Biden administration on Saturday eased some oil sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to support newly restarted negotiations between President Nicolás Maduro’s government and its opposition. The Treasury Department is allowing Chevron to resume “limited” energy production in Venezuela after years of sanctions that have dramatically...

Biden Returns to Trump Policy to Deny Venezuelans Asylum

Administration has been critical of GOP treatment of arrivals

(Newser) - Two years ago, candidate Joe Biden loudly denounced President Donald Trump for immigration policies that inflicted "cruelty and exclusion at every turn," including toward those fleeing the "brutal" government of socialist Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Now, with increasing numbers of Venezuelans arriving at the US-Mexico border as...

Trapped After Landslide, He Used Refrigerator as a Boat

Death toll hits 34 in Venezuela disaster

(Newser) - Rescue workers using drones and trained dogs searched for survivors Monday following a massive landslide in central Venezuela, as the death toll rose to 34 and residents described harrowing tales of escape from the water and mud, the AP reports. Jose Medina recalled how the water streaming into his home...

US, Venezuela Swap Detainees
Venezuela Frees 7 Americans

Venezuela Frees 7 Americans

Biden releases drug convicts in exchange for US detainees

(Newser) - Seven Americans who were detained in Venezuela are coming home after a prisoner swap in exchange for two imprisoned members of President Nicolas Maduro's family, President Biden announced Saturday. The decision to grant clemency to the two Venezuelans, who are nephews of Maduro's wife, was made by Biden,...

'Fat Leonard' Really Does Not Want to Return to US

Fugitive seeks asylum in Venezuela, according to anonymous law enforcement official

(Newser) - The fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard" who orchestrated a huge bribery scheme involving dozens of US Navy officials, has requested asylum in Venezuela, a law enforcement official said Monday, nearly a week after he was captured in the South American country. Leonard Glenn Francis slipped away from house...

At the Border, a Milestone on Migrant Arrivals

There were more than 2M 'encounters' with border officials over the past year—a big first

(Newser) - There were more migrant arrivals along the US-Mexico border in the past fiscal year than any other: More than 2 million people tried to enter the United States from our southern neighbor, a record achieved in the first 11 months alone. Per a document from US Customs and Border Protection,...

Texas Sheriff on DeSantis Stunt: 'What Was Done to These Folks Is Wrong'

Javier Salazar is investigating flights that brought migrants to Martha's Vineyard

(Newser) - The sheriff of the Texas county from which 48 Venezuelan migrants were flown to Martha's Vineyard last week is investigating the incident. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says the migrants were apparently "lured under false pretenses" onto charter flights, arranged by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and flown to...

Mass. Asks DOJ to Look Into DeSantis' 'Inhumane Acts'

Officials want probe into whether moving migrants to Martha's Vineyard was human trafficking

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to transport 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard has been slammed by critics as "gross," "unbelievably cruel," and "crimes against humanity." Whether it was illegal or not is another matter, and one that the state of...

Bolton: I Planned Coups, and Trump Wasn't Capable of One

'It takes a lot of work' and 'that's not the way Donald Trump does things'

(Newser) - Planning a coup d'etat "takes a lot of work," according to John Bolton. He should know "as somebody who has helped plan coups d'etat" outside of the US, the former national security adviser to President Trump told CNN on Tuesday. While it's no secret...

Clash Over WiFi Password Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe
Clash Over WiFi Password
Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe
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Clash Over WiFi Password Turns Deadly for Remote Tribe

Venezuelan soldiers reportedly reneged on deal to share network with Yanomami

(Newser) - A clash between Venezuelan soldiers and members of the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon turned deadly over the most unlikely of reasons: a WiFi password. The dispute left four members of the Indigenous tribe dead and three more injured, reports the Washington Post . Three soldiers also were reported injured. The...

Venezuela Frees 2 Americans, Including Member of 'Citgo 6'

As Biden administration seeks to improve relations with the country

(Newser) - The Venezuelan government has freed two jailed Americans, including an oil executive imprisoned alongside colleagues for more than four years, as it seeks to improve relations with the Biden administration amid Russia’s war with Ukraine, the White House announced Tuesday night. Gustavo Cardenas was released following a secret weekend...

Biden May Visit Saudi Arabia
Biden May Visit
Saudi Arabia

Biden May Visit Saudi Arabia

As cost of oil continues to rise

(Newser) - Since his election in 2020, President Biden hasn't spoken with Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler directly, connecting only with his father , King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. It's not clear whether that might change any time in the near future, but what is clear,...

Money-Laundering Expert Gets 6 Months for Money Laundering

Professor Bruce Bagley wrote several books on South American corruption

(Newser) - Update: A money-laundering expert arrested after expertly laundering the proceeds of corruption in Venezuela has been sentenced to six months in prison. Prosecutors said retired University of Miami professor Bruce Bagley—who testified before Congress on money laundering—kept a roughly $200,000 commission from the scheme. The 75-year-old could...

US Watching 2 Iranian Warships in the Atlantic

Vessels' destination is unknown, but speculation abounds that they're delivering arms to Venezuela

(Newser) - Two warships from Iran have popped up in the Atlantic Ocean this week, though no one is saying where they're going or what their objective is. Per the Hill , the arrival of the Sahand destroyer and its support vessel, the intel-gathering Makran, in Atlantic waters was announced by Iran...

After More Than 3 Years in Prison, 'Citgo 6' on House Arrest

Venezuela has partially released US oil executives in 'gesture of goodwill' to Biden administration

(Newser) - In November, six American oil executives were found guilty of corruption and given lengthy prison sentences in Venezuela, following a detention that had already stretched out for three years. Now, a bit of a reprieve for the "Citgo 6," in what the AP reports is a "gesture...

US Oil Execs Lured to Venezuela Found Guilty

6 Americans sentenced to prison

(Newser) - Six American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela were found guilty of corruption charges by a judge Thursday and immediately sentenced to prison, defense lawyers said, dashing hopes of a quick release that would send them home to their families in the United States. Some relatives had been...

Scathing Report Details Atrocities in Venezuela

Experts allege crimes against humanity have been committed there since 2014

(Newser) - Independent experts commissioned by the UN’s top human-rights body have alleged the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has committed crimes against humanity since 2014. The experts issued a scathing, in-depth report on Wednesday that said the people responsible for crimes that include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions,...

Ex-Green Berets Get 20 Years in Prison

Luke Denman and Airan Berry allegedly tried to help overthrow a president

(Newser) - A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former US special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro, the AP reports. Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were barred from...

Another World Leader Tests Positive
Another World Leader 
Has the Virus

Another World Leader Has the Virus

Bolivia’s interim president tests positive for COVID-19

(Newser) - Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Áñez, has tested positive for COVID-19. "I feel good, I feel strong, I will continue to work virtually from my isolation," she says in a video posted to her Twitter account, per NPR . Three cabinet ministers in her administration have also...

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