Iranian Arms, Fighters Bolster Maduro Government in Venezuela, U.S. Says – The Wall Street Journal

Iran is just one U.S. adversary backing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, said Adm. Craig Faller. Photo: Miraflores Palace/EPA/Shutterstock WASHINGTON—Iran has sent arms and dispatched paramilitary operatives to help Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro maintain his hold on power, the top U.S. military commander for Central and South America said Wednesday. “We see a growing Iranian influence…

Israeli parliament takes step toward new national elections – The Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel took a major step toward plunging into its fourth national election in under two years on Wednesday as lawmakers — supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main coalition partner — passed a preliminary proposal to dissolve parliament. The 61-54 vote came just seven months after the coalition took office following three…