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Venezuela releases imprisoned American Joshua Holt

Venezuela releases imprisoned American Joshua HoltSen. Bob Corker helped broker the release of Holt and his wife Thamy, who were accused of stockpiling weapons and held for two years without trial. They returned to the U.S. on Saturday.



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Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to USWASHINGTON (AP) — Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA's top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro government on Saturday, saying he was "overwhelmed with gratitude."



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Rights advocates: Venezuela releases 20 political prisoners

Rights advocates: Venezuela releases 20 political prisonersCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government freed 20 jailed activists Friday who opponents of the socialist administration considered political prisoners, human rights advocates said.



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Freed from a Venezuela jail, US couple arrive back home

Freed from a Venezuela jail, US couple arrive back homeAn American couple who spent nearly two years in a Venezuelan jail received a heroes’ welcome at the White House as they returned home Saturday after Caracas freed them in a bid to spur dialogue with Washington. “Very glad that Josh Holt is now back home with his family where he has always belonged. Sanctions continue until democracy returns to Venezuela,” Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter.



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Senate foreign relations chairman meets Maduro in Venezuela

Senate foreign relations chairman meets Maduro in VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The powerful chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday two days after the embattled socialist leader kicked out the top U.S. diplomat in the country.



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Workers re-open Kellogg factory closed by company in crisis-hit Venezuela

Workers re-open Kellogg factory closed by company in crisis-hit Venezuelaby Virginia Pietromarchi and Agencies  Venezuelan authorities said they handed a Kellogg Co plant to workers and reactivated production at the factory yesterday, a day after the US cereal producer pulled out of the crisis-hit country. Kellogg joined a host of other multinationals in exiting Venezuela and later confirmed President Nicolas Maduro's leftist government had taken over its manufacturing plant. On Wednesday, Aragua state Governor Marco Torres slammed Kellogg and guaranteed food production would continue. "With no notification, this US-based multinational decided to close its doors, leaving 570 workers hanging," said Mr Torres at the plant, in Maracay. "Yet, we're here – in less than 24 hours." Millions in Venezuela suffer food and medicine shortages amid hyperinflation. Mr Maduro blames Venezuela's crisis on an "economic war" that he says is being waged by Washington, greedy businessmen and coup-mongers.  He is expected to win Sunday's presidential election, described by the opposition as a sham – who also put the blame for the economic crisis squarely at Mr Maduro's door, citing corruption and mismanagement.  Clorox, Kimberly-Clark, General Mills , General Motors and Harvest Natural Resources are the most recent big names to pull out of Venezuela in the face of economic conditions. Opposition critics scoffed that the government would quickly plunder the Kellogg plant and ruin its business. Kellogg  hasn't given more detailed information on the difficulties it was facing, but companies have been struggling to find raw materials and cope with their production expenses in Venezuela, as the government does not allow companies to raise prices in order to cope with the country's hyperinflation problem.  “The current economic and social deterioration in the country has now prompted the company to discontinue operations," Kellogg said.  President Nicolas Maduro used a campaign rally to call the action " absolutely unconstitutional and illegal" and said the workers would take over so that “they can continue producing for the people." During a speech in the state of Carabobo on Tuesday, Mr Maduro also stated that he had already begun judicial proceedings against the firm's business leader. While the Texas-based company said it hoped to return to Venezuela in future, it also warned of legal action if its product is sold there in the meantime.  “Kellogg is not responsible for the unauthorised use of the commercial names and brands that are the property of the company and will exercise legal actions available as necessary," the company said. 



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Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: Maduro

Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: MaduroVenezuela’s government seized control Tuesday of the South American country’s Kellogg subsidiary after it halted operations, President Nicolas Maduro announced. Maduro said the company had been “handed over to the workers” to continue production after the US-based cereals manufacturer said it was ceasing operations. In a statement, the US multinational cited Venezuela’s crippling economic crisis as the reason it was ending its operations in the country.



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Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: Maduro

Venezuela seizes Kellogg unit after company halts operations: MaduroVenezuela’s government seized control Tuesday of the South American country’s Kellogg subsidiary after it halted operations, President Nicolas Maduro announced. Maduro said the company had been “handed over to the workers” to continue production after the US-based cereals manufacturer said it was ceasing operations. In a statement, the US multinational cited Venezuela’s crippling economic crisis as the reason it was ending its operations in the country.



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Venezuela angered by ConocoPhillips move on Caribbean oil

Venezuela angered by ConocoPhillips move on Caribbean oilVenezuela on Thursday strongly rejected the takeover of its Caribbean oil stocks by ConocoPhillips, after the US company enforced a $ 2 billion international arbitration award last month. A ConocoPhillips source said the company was enforcing the award at four locations in the Caribbean, without specifying the facilities affected. Press reports said the affected assets are in Curacao, Bonaire and Saint Eustace.



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Venezuela angered by ConocoPhillips move on Caribbean oil

Venezuela angered by ConocoPhillips move on Caribbean oilVenezuela on Thursday strongly rejected the takeover of its Caribbean oil stocks by ConocoPhillips, after the US company enforced a $ 2 billion international arbitration award last month. A ConocoPhillips source said the company was enforcing the award at four locations in the Caribbean, without specifying the facilities affected. Press reports said the affected assets are in Curacao, Bonaire and Saint Eustace.



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