Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials: Special Ops Vet to Be US Commander in Afghanistan (Copy)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials: Special Ops Vet to Be US Commander in Afghanistan (Copy)

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Venezuela expels top two U.S. diplomats

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro announced that he is expelling the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy for conspiring against Venezuela. He said they must leave for the "dignity and independence" of Venezuela.

Maduro declared Charge d'Affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy, Brian Naranjo, "persona non grata" and gave them 48 hours to leave the country during a televised address Tuesday in which he denounced the "offensive" U.S. sanctions, which he said violated international law and caused greater harm and suffering for the Venezuelan people.

The State Department said it had seen the reports, but did not immediately confirm Maduro's actions.

The announcement comes after the United States' latest sanctions against the Venezuelan government in response to what it called an illegitimate and "sham" election Sunday that gave Maduro another six-year term.

Commander for Afghanistan picked - U.S. officials say a career special operations soldier has been chosen as the next commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The expected nominee, Army Lt. Gen. Scott Miller, would succeed Army Gen. John Nicholson, who has held the post since March 2016.

The promotion of Miller requires Senate confirmation.

Miller currently commands the secretive Joint Special Operations Command, which conducts some of the military's most sensitive commando missions around the world.

Cohen business partner pleads guilty - A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a deal that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigations.

New York City taxi magnate Evgeny Freidman entered the guilty plea on Tuesday at a court in Albany.

A person briefed on the plea deal says Freidman agreed to cooperate with federal or state authorities.

State prosecutors charged Freidman last year with pocketing $5 million in state taxes on taxis he managed.

Cohen's business dealings are under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York. …

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