At least 21 Venezuelans were missing after their boat sank on the way to the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday, citing information from that country's coast guard.
Cuba branded U.S. national security adviser John Bolton a "pathological liar" on Thursday for his allegation that it has troops stationed in ally Venezuela and said the latest U.S. sanctions would further hurt but not vanquish the Cuban people.
U.S. refiner Citgo, a subsidiary of
Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA, said in a statement
that a March debt deal was "carried out in compliance with all
applicable U.S. laws" after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
called it "illegal."
The Latest on the boat that sank in the Caribbean Sea (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Officials say they're searching for 21 people who are missing after a boat sank in the Caribbean Sea off the shore of Venezuela.
Almost anywhere in the world where the United States is pushing back against a despotic or rogue regime – from Iran, Syria and North Korea to Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Sudan – Moscow has made no secret of its efforts to side with the American adversary and issue lifelines to their controversial leaders.
Oil prices hovered near six-month highs on Wednesday after data showed U.S. crude stockpiles surged to their highest levels since October 2017, countering fears of tight supply resulting from OPEC output cuts and U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran.
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