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Witness could face perjury charge in Navy SEAL court-martial

Jun. 26, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy SEAL witness could face a perjury charge after testifying that he — and not Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher— had killed a young Islamic State prisoner in Iraq, according to an email sent to a lawyer for the witness. Officials are considering charging Special...

US warns Turkey it faces sanctions if it buys Russian system

Jun. 26, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper made it clear to Turkey on Wednesday that it will face economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, as the standoff between the two NATO allies dragged on. Esper met with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi...

Iran: We will exceed uranium limits unless 3 Europeans act

Jun. 26, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran will exceed limits on low-enriched uranium set by the 2015 nuclear accord unless Britain, France and Germany take timely, practical steps to preserve the agreement that is "now in critical condition," the Iranian ambassador to the U.N. said Wednesday. Majid Takht Ravanchi told a...

The Latest: Witness could face perjury in Navy SEAL trial

Jun. 26, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Officials have informed a Navy SEAL witness that he could face a perjury charge after he testified that he — and not Special Operations Chief...

Rescue ship with 42 migrants defies Italy order to stay out

Jun. 26, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — An aid group's rescue ship carrying 42 migrants picked up off Libya two weeks ago entered Italian waters Wednesday in defiance of an explicit ban by Italy's interior minister, who has vowed not to allow any of the rescued passengers to disembark and has threatened to seize the ship and arrest...

Trump heads to Asia for global talks on trade, Iran and more

Jun. 26, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fun and flattery are largely over for President Donald Trump as he embarks on his third overseas trip in a month, this time facing a flurry of international crises, tense negotiations and a growing global to-do list. Trump heads first to Osaka, Japan, for the annual Group of 20...

A breakdown of what's at stake in US-Iran crisis

Jun. 26, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides in the U.S.-Iran standoff say they don't want war. But unless one or the other changes course - the United States from its harsh economic sanctions or Iran from its risky pushback - the confrontation appears headed for a collision that could trigger yet another Middle East...

The Latest: Bahrain FM gives interview to Israeli TV channel

Jun. 26, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding a U.S.-hosted conference in Bahrain about Washington's economic plan for the Palestinians (all times local): 9 p.m. Bahrain's foreign minister has given an unprecedented interview to an Israeli television channel, calling for open communication...

The Latest: Envoy says Iran could soon exceed uranium limits

Jun. 26, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Mideast and Persian Gulf amid tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Iran's U.N. ambassador says the government will exceed limits on low-enriched uranium set by the 2015 nuclear deal unless Britain, France and Germany take...

Former Israeli PM Barak stages return to 'topple Netanyahu'

Jun. 26, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Barak announced Wednesday that he is returning to politics and forming a new party that will aim to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections. Speaking at a Tel Aviv press conference, Barak called for an end to "Netanyahu's rule with...