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Sources: Venezuela wooed Texas Republican to ease sanctions

Venezuela's socialist government tried to recruit then-Congressman Pete Sessions to broker a meeting with the CEO of Exxon Mobil at the same time it was secretly paying a close former House colleague $50 million to keep U.S. sanctions at bay, the Associated Press has learned.

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.

FBI: Soldiers set up deadly robbery to fund foreign fighting

The two former U.S. Army soldiers met in Ukraine, where they joined the same far-right paramilitary group. After getting deported, they planned to take a boat from Miami to South America. They wanted to fight the socialist Venezuelan government and kill “communists.”

Erik Prince held secret talks in Caracas with Maduro’s No. 2

Erik Prince, a private security mogul with ties to the Trump administration, held secret talks in Caracas last month with Venezuela's vice president after briefing at least one senior U.S. official on his plans, according to people familiar with the situation.

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.

Cuba accuses US of violating Vienna Conventions

Cuba’s foreign minister on Tuesday accused the United States of violating the Vienna Convention and the deal re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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.