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PORT OF SPAIN — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it is “deeply saddened” by the latest loss of at least two lives after a boat capsized off Venezuela’s shores on April 22, According to local authorities, at least 24 people including several

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SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez transferred custody of three suspected smugglers and $5.6 million in seized cocaine to federal agents at Coast Guard Base San Juan Tuesday, following the interdiction of a drug smuggling vessel in the Caribbean Sea off of St. Croix. The suspected smugglers

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CARACAS — With her arms full of $11.87 worth of bananas, red peppers and onions, an elderly woman at a produce stand in western Caracas approaches vendor Walquiria Garcia and offers to pay with a $10 or $20 bill. A flustered Garcia disappears into a closet, re-emerges, takes the $10

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WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a Venezuelan judge and a prosecutor over their roles in the trial of six former executives of U.S. refiner Citgo sentenced to prison by a Venezuelan court last month. The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said it blacklisted the

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ABU DHABI — In June, the United States imposed sanctions on half a dozen oil tankers managed by established shipping firms. It was a major escalation of American attempts to choke off Venezuela’s oil trade. Within weeks, a little-known company based in the United Arab Emirates took over management of

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PORT OF SPAIN — Trinidad and Tobago said it would impose stiffer penalties on those trafficking migrants from neighboring Venezuela, days after a Venezuelan boat headed to the Caribbean twin-island nation sank, killing at least 28 people. A humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has spurred the mass migration of millions, including

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It is hard to know what the future holds for Venezuela, its opposition leader Juan Guaidó, or the present U.S.-led policy that emphasizes sanctions and isolation. Last week, as was wholly predictable, President Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, and allied parties, took 67 percent of seats in the National

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CARACAS — The Venezuelan government said it had found 14 bodies after a ship carrying migrants bound for Trinidad and Tobago was wrecked en route this past weekend. The government said in a statement that 11 bodies were found by a Coast Guard patrol on Saturday afternoon, and “today, following

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HAVANA -— With the coronavirus waning in Cuba, the government plans to restart its tourism industry by sending visitors to five narrow islands that will offer all-inclusive vacations and keep foreigners isolated from the rest of the nation. The state-run system, which debuted last week, is designed to reopen a

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PORT OF SPAIN — An Iranian news agency close to the elite Revolutionary Guards said today that there would be repercussions if the United States acted “just like pirates” against an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela. A senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration told Reuters on Thursday the United

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