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Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison

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, dashing hopes of a quick release that would send them home to their families in the United States.

Video shows 6 American oil executives jailed in Venezuela

Venezuela has released a video showing six American oil executives jailed in Caracas as relatives appealed for international help in securing their release over fears about the men's health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. outlines plan for Venezuela transition, sanctions relief

The Trump administration is prepared to lift crippling sanctions on Venezuela in support of a new proposal to form a transitional government requiring both Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido to step aside in favor of a five-person governing council, U.S. officials said.

Rosneft hands Venezuelan oil business to Russian state firm

Russia’s Rosneft oil company says it’s halting operations in Venezuela and selling its assets there to a company fully owned by the Russian government, The sale announced Saturday is apparently intended to protect Russia’s largest oil producer from U.S. sanctions while allowing Moscow to continue supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Troops that defied Maduro have fled Venezuela

For seven nerve-wracking months, they slept through the day in cramped quarters on cold floors, while spending their nights in prayer, keeping fit with dumbbells made from water jugs and peering through the diplomatic compound’s curtains for fear of surveillance. But on Monday, 16 national guardsmen who shocked Venezuela and the world alike by revolting against President Nicolas Maduro were safely out of the country.

Venezuela’s Guaido urges nation back into the streets

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has seen an ally forced from office and protests rattle leaders across Latin America in recent weeks, while he has enjoyed a period of relatively smooth sailing, expounding his socialist dream in nightly television addresses and attending international conferences.

Trump freezes Venezuela gov’t assets in escalation

The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets Monday in a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions with Nicolas Maduro that places his socialist administration on a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran that haven been targeted by such aggressive U.S. actions.

UN human rights chief meets with Venezuela’s Guaido, Maduro

The United Nations’ top human rights official met Friday in Caracas with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is locked in a prolonged struggle with President Nicolas Maduro for control of the crisis-wracked country.