U.S. and Taliban negotiators say they have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal aimed at ending 17 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan's conflict. The framework was hammered during six days of talks last week in Qatar. Analysts say there are many obstacles on the road to a sustainable peace deal for Afghanistan. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Venezuela's state-owned oil company, PdVSA, in an increased effort to pressure Nicolás Maduro to relinquish power to Juan Guaidó, now recognized by the U.S. and a number of other nations as the country's legitimate president. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department.