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Witness could face perjury charge in Navy SEAL court-martial

Jun. 26, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A witness who dropped stunning testimony at the war crimes trial of a decorated Navy SEAL by telling the court he had killed an Islamic State captive in Iraq in 2017 — not his accused platoon chief — could now face charges of perjury, according to the Navy. The Navy's legal...

Report: US must communicate better with hostage families

Jun. 24, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States must do a better job communicating with families of American hostages held overseas, including telling "hard truths" to loved ones about the chances for rescue and clarifying the government's position on ransom payments to captors, according to a report by a private...

The Latest: Witness says he saw Navy SEAL stab prisoner

Jun. 19, 2019 11:32 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): 5:35 p.m. A Navy SEAL has testified that he saw a comrade stab a wounded and captive Islamic State fighter in Iraq in 2017. Then-Special Warfare Operator 1st Class...

Whales from Chinese aquarium starting retirement in Iceland

Jun. 19, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A pair of seasoned performers received a warm welcome Wednesday in Iceland, where the two beluga whales that previously lived at an aquarium in China will help populate a sanctuary for formerly captive marine mammals. Conservationists celebrated when a plane from Shanghai carrying...

Prosecutor: Navy SEAL bragged about killing captive in Iraq

Jun. 18, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL stabbed to death a wounded and captive teenage Islamic State fighter in Iraq and then bragged about it, a military prosecutor told jurors Tuesday during opening statements in a politically charged court-martial. Lt. Brian John projected photos of the dead prisoner in...

Jury: Man held stepdaughter for 19 years, fathered 9 kids

Jun. 13, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 64-year-old man accused of abducting his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children has been found guilty of kidnapping and other charges. A jury found Henri Michelle Piette guilty June 6 on federal charges of...

US resident freed by Iran to Trump: 'Get back your hostages'

Jun. 12, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese man and permanent U.S. resident who was released after spending years in an Iranian prison called on President Donald Trump and Western countries to "please get back your hostages from Iran," adding that he saw American detainees during his nearly four-year imprisonment. In an...

Lithuanian circus owner releases bear he took 'hostage'

Jun. 12, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian police say a private circus owner has released a bear from a cage after a standoff with police trying to take the animal away. Authorities wanted the bear confiscated for many violations, most recently because it was kept in temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius (86...

In interview with The Associated Press, a US resident freed by Iran calls on President Trump to 'get back your hostages'

Jun. 12, 2019 9:44 AM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — In interview with The Associated Press, a US resident freed by Iran calls on President Trump to 'get back your hostages'

End of prison hostage standoff in France, 2 guards freed

Jun. 12, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French justice ministry says two guards have been freed after a hostage-taking by an inmate armed with a hand-made weapon at a top security French prison in Normandy. The inmate surrendered overnight to special intervention forces called to the scene at Conde-Sur-Sarthe Penitentiary, the...