Trump Ally May Have Broken Venezuela Sanctions

Erik Prince, a major Republican donor and founder of controversial security firm Blackwater, has been referred to the U.S. Treasury Department for possible sanctions violations tied to his recent trip to Venezuela for a meeting with a top aide of President Nicolas Maduro, two senior U.S. officials said.

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Venezuela’s First Lady’s Nephews

Two nephews of Cilia Flores, the First Lady of Venezuela, were properly convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine, the Second Circuit ruled. The two were seeking to raise $20 million in drug proceeds to fund their aunt’s 2015 campaign for a place in the Venezuelan National Assembly, according to the ruling.

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US Sanctions Maduro’s Stepsons for Alleged Food Corruption

The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on a Colombian businessman and three stepsons of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, accusing them of forming part of a sophisticated scheme that stole hundreds of millions in dollars from food import contracts at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked South American nation.

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