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Casey struggles to come to terms with spectator-less golf - Aug 8, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Paul Casey tees off on the 16th hole during the third round of the 2020 PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY SportsAugust 9, 2020(Reuters) – England’s Paul Casey is hoping to overcome the strange experience of playing without spectators as he bids for a long-awaited maiden major title at the PGA Championship.Fans are not lining up at the fairways at Harding Park as the year’s first major championship in San Francisco is being staged behind closed doors amid the COVID-19 crisis.“It’s just strange,” the 43-year-old Casey said. “It’s gone through my mind a few times, the gravity of the event we’re playing in, you know. But you can’t get over the fact it’s just you’re missing the roars and the excitement and the screaming.“There’s no question the golf course is producing that test for us. It’s…
Lebanese call for an uprising after protests rock Beirut - A demonstrator holds the Lebanese flag in Martyrs' Square where protests are held following Tuesday's blast in Beirut, Lebanon August 9, 2020. REUTERS/Thaier Al-SudaniAugust 9, 2020IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
Pompeo to Visit Central, Eastern Europe to Discuss Regional Security, Energy Cooperation - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to central and Eastern Europe next week to discuss regional security issues, efforts to counter Chinese and Russian influence in the region, and energy cooperation. Pompeo will visit the Czech Republic on Aug. 11 where will meet with his Czech counterpart Tomáš Petříček to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Western Czechoslovakia in World War II by the U.S. Army. Pompeo will also meet with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to discuss nuclear energy cooperation and will have “a courtesy call” with Czech President Milos Zeman, according to a State Department statement. Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Andrej Babis arrives for the second day of the European Union leaders summit, held to discuss the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027, in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 21, 2020. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via Reuters) The main topics of Pompeo’s talks in the Czech Republic will be…
Japan’s Abe to avoid visit to war-linked shrine on 75th war anniversary: Jiji - FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan June 18, 2020. Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via REUTERSAugust 9, 2020TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will refrain from visiting the Yasukuni shrine for war dead on the 75th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War Two, Jiji news agency said on Sunday, but will make an offering on the emotive day, as he has done in the past.The shrine, dedicated to Japanese who have died during past wars including World War Two, is seen as a potent symbol of the controversy that persists over the conflict’s legacy in East Asia.“He will make a ritual offering to the shrine out of his personal expenses as the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, as he has done in previous years,” sources close to the matter said, according to the…
Saudi Aramco’s profit plunges, sees signs of oil market recovery - FILE PHOTO: The logo of Aramco is seen as security personnel walk before the start of a press conference by Aramco at the Plaza Conference Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File PhotoAugust 9, 2020By Saeed Azhar and Rania El GamalDUBAI (Reuters) – State oil giant Saudi Aramco’s profit plunged 73% in the second quarter of the year, as a slump in energy demand and prices due to the coronavirus crisis hit sales at the world’s biggest oil exporter.But the company stuck with plans to pay $75 billion in dividends this year and CEO Amin Nasser said global oil demand was recovering.All major oil companies have taken a hit in the second quarter as lockdowns to contain the coronavirus limited travel, which reduced oil consumption and sent prices tumbling to levels not seen in nearly two decades.Aramco, which listed in Riyadh last year in a record…
Afghan assembly approves release of 400 ‘hard-core’ Taliban prisoners - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a consultative grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 7, 2020. Afghan Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERSAugust 9, 2020By Hamid Shalizi and Hameed FarzadKABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release of 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, paving the way for the beginning of peace talks aimed at ending more than 19 years of war.“In order to remove an obstacle, allow the start of the peace process and an end of bloodshed, the Loya Jirga approves the release of 400 Taliban,” the assembly said in a resolution.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had convened the assembly in the capital Kabul, where some 3,200 Afghan community leaders and politicians gathered amid tight security and concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic to advise the government on whether the prisoners should be freed.The Taliban militants had insisted they be released as a condition…
CubanReporterNet Logo Afghan assembly approves release of 400 ‘hard-core’ Taliban prisoners: resolution - August 9, 2020KABUL (Reuters) – An Afghan grand assembly, known as the Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release of 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, a resolution said, paving the way for the beginning of peace talks in the war-torn country.“In order to remove an obstacle, the start of the peace process and an end of bloodshed, the Loya Jirga approves the release of 400 Taliban,” the resolution said.The Afghan government convened the assembly in Kabul on Friday to decide the fate of hundreds of prisoners the Taliban insist should be released before entering peace talks with the government. (Reporting by Hamid Shalizi and Hamid Farzad; Editing by William Mallard)IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
Belarus holds election as street protests rattle strongman president - People look at a presidential election information board in Minsk, Belarus August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily FedosenkoAugust 9, 2020By Andrei MakhovskyMINSK (Reuters) – Belarus began voting in an election on Sunday pitting President Alexander Lukashenko against a former teacher who emerged from obscurity to lead the biggest challenge in years against the man once dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by Washington.The 65-year-old Lukashenko is almost certain to win a sixth consecutive term but could face a new wave of protests amid anger over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy and his human rights record.An ongoing crackdown on the opposition could hurt Lukashenko’s attempts to mend fences with the West amid fraying ties with traditional ally Russia, which has tried to press Belarus into closer economic and political union.A former Soviet collective farm manager, Lukashenko has ruled since 1994.He faces a surprise rival in Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, a former English teacher who…
National Rugby League Considers Tougher Sanctions For COVID-19 Breaches - SYDNEY—The National Rugby League will consider heavier sanctions for players and officials who breach the bubble, with Peter V’landys warning they are putting all Queensland teams at risk. Brisbane enforcer Tevita Pangai Junior on Aug. 9 became the latest player to fall foul of the rules, banished into 14 days of isolation away from his team. Tevita Pangai Junior during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session at the Clive Berghofer Centre Brisbane, Australia on May 14, 2020. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) The youngster was caught attending the opening of a barbershop on Aug. 8, less than 24 hours after his team played in Sydney. He became the sixth person to be sanctioned in just four days, after Wayne Bennett, Paul Vaughan and three Broncos officials including Allan Langer. V’landys was left incredibly frustrated by the latest incident, given that he expected Bennett’s high-profile breach to be a wake-up for everyone just two…
CubanReporterNet Logo Athletics: Kenya’s Kipruto tests positive for coronavirus, out of Monaco meet - August 9, 2020(Reuters) – Kenya’s Olympic and world 3,000 metres steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday, the 25-year-old has confirmed.Kipruto, whose personal best is eight minutes 0.12 seconds, said he was in great shape ahead of the event and hoped to break the world record which is currently held by Kenyan-born Qatari Saif Saaeed Shaheen (7:53.63).“Our World is going through a challenging period and we all have to take our responsibilities,” Kipruto said on Instagram.“Unfortunately my COVID-19 test, as part of the Monaco-protocol, came back positive and therefore I can’t be part of the Monaco Diamond League on Aug. 14.“I don’t have any symptoms and I was actually in great shape. I was planning to go for the world record. It has stayed too long outside Kenya.”The Monaco Diamond League meeting will be followed by…
CubanReporterNet Logo Golf: Johnson says experience will be key to capturing PGA Championship - August 9, 2020By Rory CarrollSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – American Dustin Johnson said the experience he has gained from pressure-packed major tournaments will give him a leg up when he tees off at the PGA Championship on Sunday.Johnson played a complete game to card a five-under-par 65 at TPC Harding Park on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead heading into the final 18 holes with the leaderboard stacked with young talent.The 36-year-old, who is playing in his 13th season on the PGA Tour, won the 2016 U.S. Open and has finished second or tied for second at all three other majors. The former world number one has also notched 21 PGA Tour victories.“I’ve been in contention a lot, and I’ve got it done a lot of times,” he told reporters. “Tomorrow, it’s no different. I’m going to have to play good golf if I want to win.”Johnson holds a one-stroke lead…
CubanReporterNet Logo Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 555 to 215,891: RKI - August 9, 2020BERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 555 to 215,891, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday.The reported death toll rose by one to 9,196, the tally showed. (Reporting by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by William Mallard)IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
CubanReporterNet Logo Morikawa grabs early one-shot clubhouse lead - August 9, 2020SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Collin Morikawa birdied three of his final four holes to grab a one-shot, third-round clubhouse lead over Bryson DeChambeau at the PGA Championship on Saturday while overnight leader Li Haotong was one shot lower after nine holes.Li was the on-course leader when he made the turn at TPC Harding Park as he looks to become the first Chinese man to win a major championship.Li relinquished the lead when he issued his first bogey since Thursday on the par-four fifth but got it back with a birdie on the par-four seventh.The 25-year-old, who has never won a PGA Tour event, got up and down to save par on the challenging par-four eighth hole, which seemed to give him momentum.The 23-year-old Morikawa finished with a stellar round of five-under 65 that included seven birdies and two bogeys in foggy and windy conditions to sit at seven-under…
Barclays being probed by UK privacy watchdog on accusations of spying on staff - FILE PHOTO: A Barclays bank building is seen at Canary Wharf in London, Britain May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File PhotoAugust 9, 2020By Kanishka Singh(Reuters) – Barclays Plc <BARC.L> is being probed by the United Kingdom’s privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), over allegations that the British bank spied on its staff, the agency said on Sunday.Earlier this year, Barclays said it was changing a system that the bank was piloting, which tracked how employees spent their time at work, after critical media reports accused the bank of spying on its staff.The ICO said on Sunday a formal probe was ongoing but it could not say when the investigation would conclude.“People expect that they can keep their personal lives private and that they are also entitled to a degree of privacy in the workplace,” an ICO spokesman said.“If organisations wish to monitor their employees, they should be clear about its…
Mexico’s coronavirus death tally exceeds 52,000, cases above 475,900 - FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a face mask walks among other people at Sonora market during the start of gradual reopening of commercial activities, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico, July 31, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoAugust 9, 2020MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 6,495 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 695 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 475,902 cases and 52,006 deaths.Officials have said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.Mexico has the third highest coronavirus death tally globally, behind the United States and Brazil. (Reporting by Anthony Esposito; editing by Jonathan Oatis)IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
CubanReporterNet Logo Twitter, TikTok held preliminary talks about potential combination: WSJ - August 8, 2020(Reuters) – Twitter Inc <TWTR.N> has held preliminary negotiations about a potential combination with TikTok, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources.The report added it was unclear whether Twitter will pursue a deal with TikTok, which would involve the video-sharing app’s U.S. operations.Microsoft is still seen as the front-runner in bidding for the app’s U.S. operations, the newspaper reported https://on.wsj.com/2Dx4MCQ. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
Police Unions Criticize NYPD’s Retreat From Home of Suspect Accused on Assaulting Officer - Several police unions in New York City have issued a rebuke over a New York Police Department’s (NYPD) decision to retreat from the home of a suspect, who is accused of assaulting a police officer, after an hours-long standoff. On Friday, dozens of NYPD officers, some wearing tactical gear, showed up at the home of a protest organizer Derrick Ingram in Hell’s Kitchen attempting to arrest the 28-year-old, who is accused of assaulting an officer by yelling in her ear with a megaphone at a recent demonstration. As the officers did not have a warrant to enter his home, it created a stalemate that lasted for about 6 hours. Police left without arresting him at the order of Police Commissioner Dermot Shea after protesters flooded the street of the operation. Ingram, who is the co-founder of Warriors in The Garden, live-streamed the incident, which drew the attention of fellow protesters. The withdrawal was criticized by several…
Police Unions Criticize NYPD’s Retreat From Home of Suspect Accused of Assaulting Officer - Several police unions in New York City have issued a rebuke over a New York Police Department’s (NYPD) decision to retreat from the home of a suspect, who is accused of assaulting a police officer, after an hours-long standoff. On Friday, dozens of NYPD officers, some wearing tactical gear, showed up at the home of a protest organizer Derrick Ingram in Hell’s Kitchen attempting to arrest the 28-year-old, who is accused of assaulting an officer by yelling in her ear with a megaphone at a recent demonstration. As the officers did not have a warrant to enter his home, it created a stalemate that lasted for about 6 hours. Police left without arresting him at the order of Police Commissioner Dermot Shea after protesters flooded the street of the operation. Ingram, who is the co-founder of Warriors in The Garden, live-streamed the incident, which drew the attention of fellow protesters. The withdrawal was criticized by several…
CubanReporterNet Logo Misfiring Woods unable to make a move at PGA Championship - August 8, 2020SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tiger Woods entered the third round of the PGA Championship on Saturday knowing he needed something special to get himself into contention but instead misfired off the tee, struggled on the greens early and failed to generate any momentum.Woods, who made the cut with a shot to spare, could not find much of a spark on the fast greens at TPC Harding Park where he mixed four bogeys with a pair of late birdies for a two-over-par 72 that left him at two over on the week.“I didn’t make anything early. I had a couple of opportunities to make a couple of putts, and I didn’t. They were burning edges. I had a couple of lipouts, and just nothing really got… the round going,” said Woods.“It’s just like yesterday. I just didn’t get anything going, and had to claw and fight to get my…
2 Dead in Manitoba After Tornado Threw Their Vehicle Into a Field: RCMP - VIRDEN, Man.—RCMP say a man and a woman are dead after a tornado touched down at a farm in western Manitoba on Friday evening and carried a vehicle they were believed to have been in over a kilometre. A man who was in a second vehicle that was also thrown has survived with serious injuries. Police say they arrived at the farm near Highway 83 south of Virden shortly after 8 p.m., local time. They say the property was extensively damaged and two vehicles had been thrown into a nearby field. A search of the first vehicle, found closer to the highway, located a 54−year−old man from the Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation, who was taken to hospital with serious but non−life threatening injuries. Officers located the second vehicle over a kilometre away, and they along with other first responders found the bodies of a man and a woman, who were both 18 and from Melita, Man. Police say…
Czech Apartment Fire Kills 11, Including Three Children: iDNES.cz - An apartment building is seen after a fire broke out in Bohumin, Czech Republic, Aug. 8, 2020. (Lukas Kabon/Reuters) PRAGUE—A fire tore through an apartment building in the northern Czech Republic on Saturday, killing 11 people, including three children and five others who jumped from the upper floors to escape the blaze, local media reported. The fire in Bohumin, some 380 kilometers from Prague, broke out in the afternoon on the 11th floor of an apartment block and was the country’s deadliest fire in 30 years, local news service iDNES.cz reported. “There are three adults dead and three children in the apartment,” the head of the Moravian-Silesian fire brigade, Vladimír Vlček told the news site. “Five people jumped out of the apartment but suffered injuries incompatible with life.” Firefighters extinguished the fire and investigators are now trying to determine what caused the deadly blaze in the city-owned apartment building. Witnesses…
Trump Takes Executive Action to Provide Reduced Enhanced Unemployment Payment - President Donald Trump took executive action on Saturday to extend the weekly enhanced unemployment payment at a reduced level. He signed a memorandum during a press conference on Saturday afternoon as the negotiations between the White House and the Democrats collapsed. The new payment will be $400 per week. The federal government will cover 75 percent of the cost while the states will pay the rest, he said. The president said that some governors might not be happy with the actions, suggesting that he didn’t negotiate with all governors before the announcement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment. The president also, via executive orders or memorandums, deferred payroll tax for Americans earning less than $100,000 per year from Sept. 1, authorized The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer eviction protections…
CubanReporterNet Logo Ukraine president says Kyiv staying out of U.S. internal politics, elections - August 8, 2020KYIV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday that it was a matter of Ukraine’s national security to stay out of U.S. internal politics, particularly its election.“#Ukraine did not and will not allow itself to interfere in the elections and thus harm our trusting and sincere partnership with the #USA,” he wrote on Twitter late on Saturday.Zelenskiy, 42, was a comic actor when he won a landslide election last year. But the first year of his presidency was overshadowed by Ukraine’s unwitting involvement in events that led to the impeachment of Republican U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump had unsuccessfully pressed Ukraine to launch an investigation into his Democratic rival in the 2020 presidential race, former Vice President Joe Biden.“Never, under any circumstances, it’s acceptable to meddle in another country’s sovereign elections,” Zelenskiy wrote.Zelenskiy appealed to Ukrainian politicians to avoid any actions that could be linked to…
Appeals Court Lifts Block on Arkansas Abortion Restrictions - A federal appeals court reversed a ruling that blocked several Arkansas laws that created barriers for women seeking abortions in the state. Judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday (pdf) overturned a lower court’s preliminary injunction, effectively allowing the state to enforce some of its abortion restrictions. The three-judge panel said their decision stemmed from “Chief Justice Roberts’s separate opinion in June Medical” and another prior court case from the Supreme Court. In that opinion issued in June, cited as June Medical Services LLC v. Russo (pdf), the court rejected a law that puts restrictions on abortion providers in Louisiana. Roberts, in that case, voted with the liberal judges in the 5-4 ruling but issued his own concurring opinion agreeing with the judgment but not the reasoning of the majority opinion. Roberts said his decision was guided by the principle that the court should treat…
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Again Tests Negative for Coronavirus - COLUMBUS, Ohio—The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump. The governor and first lady, Fran DeWine, were tested at Ohio State University “out of an abundance of caution” following a rollercoaster day Thursday that began with DeWine receiving a positive test result followed by two negatives. The governor announced the negative results on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, thanking “everyone who sent along good wishes.” The Republican governor had to take a COVID-19 test Thursday morning in Cleveland as part of White House protocol for anyone scheduled to come in contact with the president. DeWine was administered a rapid point-of-care antigen test at a mobile testing site facilitated by the Republican National Committee, according to DeWine spokesperson Dan Tierney. DeWine then headed to meet Trump at…
Chinese Consulate in New York Shredded a Large Quantity of Documents - On July 21, shortly after the United States ordered Chinese consulate in Houston to close, smoke was observed in an outdoor courtyard area inside the consulate building. Videos shared by a resident who lives in the neighborhood show several open bins with flames coming out of them. Police and firefighters arrived in response to reports of a fire but were not allowed to enter the Chinese Consulate. Two weeks later, a similar incident was caught on video by NTD TV’s cameraman on Aug. 6. In front of the Chinese Consulate in New York, two USA Shred trucks kept shredding documents for two hours. A couple of Chinese employees and a security guard were overseeing the shredding. They all appeared to be particularly vigilant. IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit…
The NBA MVP Finalists: Antetokounmpo, James, and Harden - LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—This season’s NBA MVP has won the award before. A trio of past winners of the award—reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, four-time MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, and 2017–18 winner James Harden of the Houston Rockets—were announced Saturday as the finalists for this season’s top NBA individual honor. James would join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (a six-time winner), Michael Jordan, and Bill Russell as the NBA’s only five-time MVPs. Antetokounmpo is bidding to become the 12th back-to-back winner of the award, and Harden is vying for his second MVP in three seasons. “He’s an incredible teammate, plays unselfishly, does everything,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said of Antetokounmpo last month, stating his best player’s MVP case. “And I think that’s kind of what the MVP is, so we certainly feel like he’s very deserving and we’ll be excited to support him.” Antetokounmpo is also…
Belarus opposition member detained ahead of presidential election: campaign team - FILE PHOTO: Maria Kolesnikova, a representative of Belarusian politician Viktor Babariko's campaign office attends a rally held by supporters of Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, a candidate in the upcoming presidential election and President Alexander Lukashenko's main challenger, in Minsk, Belarus August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Vasily FedosenkoAugust 8, 2020MINSK (Reuters) – Authorities in Belarus on Saturday detained Maria Kolesnikova, a prominent member of the opposition campaign challenging President Alexander Lukashenko in a presidential election, the campaign team said.Human rights groups say more than 1,300 people have been detained in a crackdown ahead of Sunday’s election in an attempt to clamp down on street protests that pose the biggest challenge in years to Lukashenko’s rule. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Angus MacSwan)IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source…
Clean Network Program Aims to Stop CCP Telecommunications Intrusion - U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo announced the Clean Network program on Aug. 5, aimed at stopping CCP’s aggressive intrusions through telecommunications and the Internet. On April 29, 2020, Secretary Pompeo announced that the U.S. Department of State will begin requiring a Clean Path for all 5G network traffic entering and exiting U.S. diplomatic facilities. The 5G Clean Path is an end-to-end communication path that does not use any transmission, control, computing, or storage equipment from untrusted IT vendors, such as Huawei and ZTE, which are required to comply with the CCP’s directives. IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The political opinions that are expressed in the re-published articles from other information media are not necessarily shared by the editors of ReporteroCubano.Net. | Visit the source for more information
Ex-green Berets Sentenced to 20 Years for Venezuela Attack - CARACAS, Venezuela—A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro. Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were barred from the secretive jailhouse proceedings Friday night in what they consider a violation of their constitutional rights to a defense. Maduro’s chief prosecutor announced the surprise decision late Friday night. “THEY ADMITTED THEIR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FACTS,” Tarek William Saab announced on Twitter, adding that proceedings will continue against dozens of other defendants accused of assisting in the May 3 raid. He did not offer details. “Operation Gideon” was launched from makeshift training camps in neighboring Colombia and left at least eight rebel soldiers dead while more than 60 more were jailed. Ex Green Beret Jordan Goudreau, who operated a Florida-based security firm called…