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A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelan rebels sentenced to prison in failed beach attack

Aug. 14, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan court has sentenced more than a dozen rebel soldiers to 24 years in prison for a failed beach attack alongside two former U.S. special forces members accused in the armed operation aiming to capture President Nicolás Maduro, officials said Friday. The ruling...

Lupe Guillen, the youngest sister of U.S. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen rides on a horse draw carriage as they made a final lap around the Cesar Chavez High School track Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Houston. Guillen, who was last seen on April 22, was laid to rest nearly four months after she is said to have been killed by a fellow soldier at Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in Texas. Mourners gathered at the high school where Guillen grew up playing soccer and dreaming of joining the military. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Mourners gather in Houston to remember slain soldier

Aug. 14, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Flags from the U.S., Texas and Mexico flew at half staff Friday as a white, horse-drawn carriage embellished with white flowers brought in the custom green casket that carried the remains of a slain soldier. Vanessa Guillen, who was last seen on April 22, was memorialized nearly four months...

Midshipman sentenced to 25 years in sexual assault case

Aug. 14, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman has been sentenced to 25 years after a military panel found him guilty of sexual assault and other charges. The Capital Gazette reported Friday that Nixon Keago also was dismissed from the service and sentenced to forfeit all pay and allowances. The...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The storm that struck Monday morning left tens of thousands of residents of Iowans without power as of Friday morning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor defends storm response as residents struggle

Aug. 14, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds pushed back Friday against criticism that she has been slow to respond to a wind storm that devastated the state and promised more help soon for tens of thousands of residents struggling through their fifth day without electricity. Reynolds said 100 members...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. The success of the 2020 presidential election could come down to a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Lawmakers: Postal changes delay mail-order medicine for vets

Aug. 14, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Policy changes that slow delivery at the U.S. Postal Service are taking a toll on military veterans, who are reporting much longer wait times to receive mail-order prescription drugs, according to Democratic senators. In a letter Friday, the 31 senators take aim at new Postmaster General...

Taliban prisoners are released from Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Afghanistan released the first 80 of a final 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for negotiations between the warring sides in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict, the government said Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Afghanistan's National Security Council via AP)

Kabul begins release of final 400 Taliban, talks to follow

Aug. 14, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has released the first 80 of a final 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for negotiations between the warring sides in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict, the government said Friday. Javid Faisal, spokesman for the Afghan National Security Council, made the...

In this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the MT Wila is boarded by Iranian navy commandos in the Gulf of Oman off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., a U.S. military official said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (U.S. Navy via AP)

US says Iran briefly seizes oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz

Aug. 13, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., the American military said Thursday. The U.S. military's Central Command published a black-and-white video...

In this photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Marines and sailors carry a casket inside a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The remains of seven Marines and a sailor, who died after a seafaring tank sank off the coast of Southern California last month, were transferred to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for burial preparations. (Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

Flag-draped coffins of troops from sunken tank sent to Dover

Aug. 13, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The flag-draped coffins carrying the remains of seven Marines and a sailor who died after a Marine Corps seafaring tank sank off the coast of Southern California have arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for burial preparations. The Marine Corps said Tuesday that six pallbearers of...

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, right, listens to an NGO volunteer during his visit to a main gathering point for volunteers, near the site of last week's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, Pool)

US official says FBI joining Beirut explosion investigation

Aug. 13, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The FBI will join Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe of the massive explosion at Beirut's port that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, a U.S. diplomat said Thursday. Lebanese authorities had invited the FBI to take part,...

FILE - In this April1 14, 2018, file photo, then-Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth

US commander: Islamic State threat in west Syria growing

Aug. 12, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elements of the Islamic State group are working to rebuild in western Syria, where the U.S. has little visibility or presence, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East warned on Wednesday. In the region west of the Euphrates River where the Syrian regime is in control “conditions...