{FD} Venezuelan tycoon funds jailed Utah man’s defense

A Utah man’s hopes for being freed from a Venezuelan jail now lie with a wealthy shipping magnate closely linked to the country’s socialist government.

{FD} UN: Colombian police fired on mission sent to probe slayings

The United Nations denounced Colombia’s anti-narcotics police on Monday for firing on a humanitarian mission it led to investigate the murder of several coca growers during clashes with security forces.

{FD} Narco fugitives caught trying to co-opt Colombia peace deal

For years Edison Prado was one of the top U.S. drug targets in South America, having allegedly risen from beginnings as a boatman running drugs in the treacherous coastal waters of his native Ecuador to the bloodthirsty head of a small army of smugglers spread across five countries.

{FD} Top Colombia drug fugitive asks Pope to pray for disarmament

Colombia’s top drug fugitive has shown his face for the first time on occasion of the pope’s visit to the country, publishing a video Wednesday in which he asks for prayers that his group be allowed to lay down its weapons as part of the country’s peace process.

{FD} Colombian police kill top drug-trafficking fugitive

Security forces in Colombia have killed one of its most-wanted drug fugitives, the alleged No. 2 leader of a ruthless criminal network that arose from disbanded right-wing paramilitary groups to become the nation’s largest drug-trafficking organization.

US sanctions to pile misery on moribund Venezuelan economy

A small army of red-shirted workers mop the linoleum floors as their supervisors, sitting under a giant portrait of Hugo Chavez, look on.

{FD} Analysis: Trump ‘military’ talk on Venezuela unnerves LatAm

President Donald Trump’s talk of a “military option” in Venezuela risks alienating Latin American nations that overcame their reluctance to work with the Republican leader and had adopted a common, confrontational approach aimed at isolating President Nicolas Maduro’s embattled government.

{FD} Once-loyal prosecutor emerges as hero in Venezuela protests

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro who have taken to the streets day after day in Venezuela now find themselves rallying in support of an unexpected hero: the chief prosecutor who helped throw many of them into jail.

{FD} Venezuelan soldiers jailed amid unrest, document says

Venezuela’s security forces have arrested at least 102 members of the armed forces for alleged crimes such as rebellion and abandonment of duty since a wave of protests began against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in early April, according to apparent military documents obtained by The Associated Press.

{FD} Supreme Court bars chief prosecutor from leaving Venezuela

Venezuela’s Supreme Court barred the nation’s chief prosecutor from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts frozen hours after she delivered a scathing critique accusing President Nicolas Maduro of “state terrorism.”

{FD} Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in ‘terrorist attack’

A stolen police helicopter fired on Venezuela’s Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted “terrorist attack” aimed at ousting him from power.

{FD} Venezuela chief prosecutor to face charges as crisis deepens

Venezuela’s Supreme Court says chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz will face charges as a result of a high court ruling in a move that is likely to further deepen the nation’s political crisis.

{FD} Surge in Venezuela asylum requests to US accelerating

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States is accelerating as the oil-rich economy crashes and bloody, anti-government protests roil the nation.

{FD} Brazilian sale of tear gas angers Venezuela opposition

A Brazilian company has acknowledged it’s supplying Venezuela’s security forces with large amounts of tear gas to control anti-government protests — prompting outrage from the Venezuelan opposition.