Venezuela Closes Ranks Around Sanctioned Vice President, Tareck El Aissami

LIMA, Peru — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela on Tuesday defended his second-in-command, who has been sanctioned by the United States over allegations that he is a narcotics trafficker, and said he would demand a public apology from the American government.

In Eastern Mosul, Liberated From ISIS, Battle Rages ‘Day and Night’

New York Times journalists are in the city of Mosul to report on the battle there against the Islamic State. MOSUL, Iraq — Any sense of normalcy on Saturday afternoon was shredded, again, when Iraqi soldiers began opening fire, their rifle barrels aimed at a white object in the bright blue sky.