Venezuela’s bid to save ‘diplomat’ from US charges takes hit
For two years, Venezuela’s socialist government has been fighting to extricate from the U.S. justice system an insider businessman it claims was on an ultra-secret mission to Iran when he was arrested on a U.S. warrant during a routine fuel stop in Africa.
Bob Woodward on revelations from "The Trump Tapes"
Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward has collected his recorded interviews with former President Donald Trump – eight hours' worth – into an audiobook release, "The Trump Tapes." He talks with CBS News' John Dickerson about Trump's view of the presidency as a trophy and his unsettling communications with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un; and about the question Woodward most regrets not asking.news.yahoo.com
Migrants arriving in Chicago tell their stories: ‘I prayed every step of the way’
Beyond the new reality that the migrants face and the story of their desperate need to run away from their home country to undergo a month’s journey north where most are now homeless, they all once had a home, a profession, and the hope to never migrate north.chicagotribune.com
Venezuelans expelled from US decide next steps in Mexico
In a shelter on Mexico City’s east side, Venezuelan mechanic José Cuicas is waiting anxiously for an American friend to answer his request to sponsor him for one of the 24,000 visas the Biden administration says it will give to Venezuelanswashingtonpost.com
US migrant policy 'bucket of cold water' to some Venezuelans
Venezuelan Gilbert Fernández still plans to cross the dangerous Darién jungle into Panama headed over land toward the U.S. despite Washington’s announcement that it will grant conditional humanitarian permits only to 24,000 Venezuelan migrants arriving by airwashingtonpost.com
US migrant policy 'bucket of cold water' to some Venezuelans
Venezuelan Gilbert Fernández still plans to cross the dangerous Darién jungle into Panama headed over land toward the U.S. despite Washington's announcement that it will grant conditional humanitarian permits only to 24,000 Venezuelan migrants arriving by air.
Treasury Department to probe whether DeSantis misused COVID funds for migrant flights
The U.S. Department of the Treasury will investigate whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis misused pandemic relief funds to fly a group of Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Massachusetts in September, a U.S. Senator said.
Tropical depression likely to form soon near southern Caribbean: forecasters
A tropical depression is expected to form within the next 48 hours from a tropical wave approaching Caribbean and South America. Tropical Depression Twelve, in the central Atlantic Ocean, is expected to become a remnant low.sun-sentinel.com
Reports: Migrant flights’ mysterious recruiter identified
The mysterious woman who allegedly lured dozens of migrants on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ flights to Martha’s Vineyard from San Antonio has been identified by several media outlets as Perla H. Huerta, a former combat medic and U.S. Army counterintelligence agent living in Tampa.
All eyes to the western Caribbean and Gulf next week
The disturbance we’re tracking along the northern coast of Venezuela in the eastern Caribbean Thursday – coined Invest 98L – is expected to organize into a strengthening storm by next week and pose a potential threat to the U.S. while powerful Hurricane Fiona will bring hurricane conditions to Bermuda Thursday night into Friday before morphing into an extreme, historic, and potentially record-shattering hurricane-like storm for Nova Scotia and the Canadian Maritimes this weekend.
Amid lawsuit, investigation, Gov.’s political opponents continue taking aim at migrant flights
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to send a group of Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard continues to attract criticism from political opponents, as well as a criminal investigation and lawsuit, but the governor has remained steadfast defending the move.
‘Opening people’s eyes’: DeSantis defends migrant flights amid Texas investigation, lawsuit
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is defending his decision to send a group of Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard amid a criminal investigation and, now, a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the migrants filed Tuesday.
After Texas Sent Him to Washington, One Migrant Launches a New Life
When Lever Alejos of Venezuela arrived at the southern border penniless in July, he gladly accepted a free bus ride to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the state of Texas. He had no family or friends to receive him, and spent one night in the plaza across from Union Station. He soon settled into a homeless shelter. “I have nothing,” Alejos, 29, said on his third day in the city, “but I have the will to work and succeed.” Two months later, Alejos is making between $600 to $700 a week, saving up to bnews.yahoo.com
As GOP governors escalate their practice of sending migrants across the country, Chicago’s arrivals recount their journeys
Their wayward journeys to Chicago are not unlike the experiences of thousands of migrants being sent across the country from Republican governors for political purposes.chicagotribune.com
‘It was all a political stunt’: South Florida Venezuelans fume over Martha’s Vineyard controversy
“They felt they were finally going to be able to live the American Dream,” said one Venezuelan-American from Sunrise. “Little did they know they were being sent to an island of millionaires."sun-sentinel.com
As more migrants are expected to arrive in Chicago, others wait in a hotel in nearby suburb for a final step: ‘I’m grateful but I also feel stuck here’
More than a week ago, the first buses of migrants that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent to Chicago arrived as a way to criticize the nation’s immigration policies and his promise to send asylum-seekers to sanctuary cities.chicagotribune.com
Venezuela: Armed forces make largest pot bust in a decade
The armed forces of Venezuela announced Monday what they characerized as the largest marijuana bust of the last 10 years in the South American country. Members of the armed forces on Saturday intercepted a vessel carrying more than 3.1 US tons (2.8 metric tons) of marijuana, almost 18 pounds (8 kg) of cocaine and extra outboard boat motors off Venezuela’s Caribbean coast, said Gen. Domingo Hernández, general commander of the Operational Strategic Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces.news.yahoo.com
Venezuelan tycoon shields US fortune from FARC rebel victims
An appeals court has overturned a Florida federal judge’s order seizing the U.S. fortune of a sanctioned Venezuelan billionaire with alleged cartel ties to satisfy a $318 million judgment for the American victims of a Colombian terrorist kidnapping.
New claims against ex Miami congressman hired by Venezuela
New filings in a civil suit allege that a former Miami congressman who signed a $50 million consulting contract with Venezuela’s socialist government not only did no apparent work, but also channeled a large chunk of the money to a yacht company on behalf of a fugitive billionaire.
Asset managers accused of helping launder $1.2B in Venezuelan oil money
Federal prosecutors charged two financial asset managers Tuesday, accusing them of taking part in a $1.2 billion international scheme to launder funds corruptly obtained from Venezuela’s state-owned oil company over a span of more than three years.
Caribbean storm likely to gain force, hit Central America
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a storm that has hurled rain on the southern Caribbean and the northern shoulder of South America is expected to hit Central America as a tropical storm over the weekend and eventually develop into a hurricane over the Pacific.
US officials back in Venezuela in a bid to rebuild ties
Senior U.S. government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the U.S. to recalibrate other foreign policy objectives. A U.S. State Department spokesperson described the trip as a welfare visit focused on the safety of several U.S. citizens detained in Caracas, including a group of oil executives from Houston-based Citgo jailed more than four years ago. The delegation includes Roger Carstens, the special presidential envoy on hostage affairs, as well as Ambassador James Story, who heads the U.S. government’s Venezuelan Affairs Unit out of neighboring Colombia.news.yahoo.com
Ex-Venezuela mayor pleads guilty for $3.8 million in bribes in Miami federal court
A one-time ally of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has pleaded guilty for taking $3.8 million in bribes to help steer lucrative oil contracts to companies tied to officials in Venezuela’s socialist government and military.
Possible Russia oil embargo drives US outreach to Venezuela
Senior U.S. officials secretly traveled to Venezuela over the weekend in a risky bid to unfreeze hostile relations with Vladimir Putin’s top ally in Latin America, a top oil exporter whose re-entry into U.S. energy markets could mitigate the fallout at the pump from a possible oil embargo on Russia.
Colombian working as Venezuelan diplomat was DEA informant, records show
A federal judge unsealed records on Wednesday in Miami revealing that a Colombian businessman who Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had described as his envoy was a confidential source for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Victory at the cradle of Chavismo offers a glimmer of hope for Venezuelan opposition
Voters in the Venezuelan state of Barinas — where Chavismo was born — elected an opposition candidate as governor during a special election on Sunday. It was the first time in more than two decades that a member of the Chávez family wasn’t on the ballot.