US eases crippling Venezuela sanction, allows propane deals

Opposition leader Juan Guaido and his wife Fabiana Rosales walk in the parking lot of their residential building after holding an impromptu press conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 12, 2021. Guaido said security forces threatened his driver as he arrived home Monday. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela — The U.S. government on Monday moved to ease a crippling sanction imposed by the Trump administration on Venezuela by allowing companies to export propane to the troubled South American country, a step that could mitigate a shortage that has pushed people to cook on charcoal or wood grills.