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Venezuela releases 7 jailed Americans; U.S. frees 2 prisoners
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Venezuela releases 7 jailed Americans; U.S. frees 2 prisoners

Venezuela on Saturday freed seven Americans imprisoned in the South American country in exchange for the release of two nephews of President Nicholas Maduro's wife who had been jailed for years by the United States on drug smuggling convictions, a senior U.S. official said.The swap of the Americans, including five oil executives held for nearly five years, is the largest trade of detained citizens ever carried out by the Biden administration. "We are relieved and gratified to be welcoming back to their families today seven Americans who had been wrongfully detained for too long in Venezuela," said Joshua Geltzer, the deputy homeland security adviser. It amounts to a rare gesture of goodwill by Maduro as the socialist leader looks to rebuild re...