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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Photo: Miguel Rojo/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. reporter Cody Weddle, a freelancer who works for the Miami Herald, the Telegraph and a local ABC News affiliate, was arrested in Venezuela on Wednesday by the country's military counter-intelligence agency, according to a tweet from the national press workers union of Venezuela.

Why it matters: The U.S. is calling for a regime change in Venezuela, and the safety of Americans in the country is one of the red lines the Trump administration has put forward.

Details: According to a Washington Post report from Caracas, Venezuela's capital city where the incident occurred, a security guard from Weddle's apartment says a group of roughly 10 armed men dressed in black and 1 in an investigative police uniform raided Weddle's apartment.

  • The guard said the men told him they were ordered to raid the apartment by a military tribunal and that Weddle was being accused of “betraying the homeland.”
  • The press workers union says that it hasn't heard of Weddle's whereabouts since 8 am GMT. The guard says the men seized Weddle's sim card and equipment.

Between the lines: The arrest comes just days after Univision anchor and U.S. citizen Jorge Ramos and his crew were temporarily detained in Caracas before later being released.

  • Shortly after that, a Venezuelan correspondent for NBCUniversal-owned broadcast network Telemundo was also abducted by armed forces, detained and later released.

The big picture: All 3 incidents were carried out by military forces, which remain under the command of embattled President Nicolás Maduro, who has been clinging to power amid a standoff with the opposition and the U.S.

  • Maduro declared victory following a rigged election last May, but the U.S. and more than 50 other countries now recognize National Assembly President Juan Guaidó — who declared himself interim president in January — as Venezuela's legitimate leader.

Be smart: The Trump administration says it won’t rest until Maduro is out of power, and hawks like national security adviser John Bolton and Sen. Marco Rubio are looking for opportunities to dial up the pressure.

The bottom line: The Maduro regime is playing with fire by detaining Americans.

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.

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Sudan's military places civilian prime minister under house arrest

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok during a 2020 news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sudan's civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was put under house arrest and several other ministers were also detained Monday in what appears to be a military coup in the country, per local reports.

Why it matters: The arrests of the civilian faction in the Sudanese government came a day after U.S. envoy Jeffrey Feltman met with the head of the military faction of the Sudanese government General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and warned him against staging a coup.