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 It amounts to a 

 rare gesture of goodwill by Maduro as the socialist leader looks to

 rebuild relations with the U.S. after vanquishing most of his domestic

opponents. The deal follows months of back channel diplomacy by