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Turkish court hands down life sentences in coup trial

Jun. 20, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court in Ankara has sentenced several people accused of being the ringleaders of the 2016 failed military coup to life terms in prison. Anadolu Agency says those sentenced on Thursday include Akin Ozturk, a former air force commander and Ali...

The Latest: Iranian commander: Downed drone a message to US

Jun. 20, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 10:40 a.m. The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard says the shooting down of a U.S. drone has sent "a clear message" to America. Gen. Hossein Salami...

Revolutionary Guard commander says while Iran has no intention of war with anyone, it's 'ready for war'

Jun. 20, 2019 3:35 AM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Revolutionary Guard commander says while Iran has no intention of war with anyone, it's 'ready for war'

Iran's Revolutionary Guard commander says the shooting down of US drone sends 'a clear message' to America

Jun. 20, 2019 3:30 AM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard commander says the shooting down of US drone sends 'a clear message' to America.

Iran Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone amid tensions

Jun. 20, 2019 3:29 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, American and Iranian officials said, while disputing the circumstances of the incident. The Guard said it shot down...

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Jun. 20, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots. Mirroring the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Europe and around the world, some in Lebanon say that after eight years of...

US official tells AP that US drone was shot down by an Iranian missile in international airspace over Strait of Hormuz

Jun. 20, 2019 2:21 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — US official tells AP that US drone was shot down by an Iranian missile in international airspace over Strait of Hormuz.

Oil shippers boost security after mysterious attacks in Gulf

Jun. 20, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of attacks on oil tankers near the Persian Gulf has ratcheted up tensions between the U.S. and Iran — and raised fears over the safety of one of Asia's most vital energy trade routes, where about a fifth of the world's oil passes through its narrowest at...

Witness: Navy SEAL called dead prisoner an 'ISIS dirtbag'

Jun. 19, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy SEAL charged with killing a captive militant boy in his care had told fellow troops that if they encountered a wounded enemy, he wanted medics to know how "to nurse him to death," a former comrade testified Wednesday. When a radio call announced an Islamic State prisoner was wounded...

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...