{FD} Maduro’s stepsons face scrutiny in $1.2 billion graft case

As President Nicolas Maduro has pushed forward with his plan to rescue Venezuela’s cratering economy, U.S. prosecutors are looking into whether members of his family were simultaneously benefiting from what they contend was a scheme to siphon off $1.2 billion from the state-owned oil company, two people familiar with the U.S. investigation told The Associated Press.

{FD} US official: Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion

As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can’t the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country?

{FD} Colombia jails ex-rebel on US drug warrant in blow to peace

Colombia’s peace process has been rocked by the surprise arrest of a former top leader of the disbanded FARC rebel army on charges of trying to smuggle several tons of cocaine into the U.S. The arrest on Monday of Seuxis Hernandez, a blind former peace negotiator best known by his alias Jesus Santrich, played into fears among many Colombians that the former guerrillas haven’t cut ties to the country’s flourishing criminal underworld.