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Iraqi official: Rocket hits oil site, wounds 3 Iraqi workers

Jun. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a rocket hit an oil-drilling site in southern Basra province, striking a camp housing energy giant Exxon Mobil and wounding three local workers, one seriously. Security official Mahdi Raykan says a Katyusha rocket landed early Wednesday in the Zubair and Rumeila oil...

Platini: "It hurts," soccer star says of police questioning

Jun. 19, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — After a day of police questioning centering on his former role as a top decision-maker in soccer, Michel Platini was released from custody without charge in the early hours of Wednesday and said he found the experience painful given "everything I've done" in the sport. Summoned Tuesday morning...

Was dead militant war casualty or Navy SEAL's murder victim?

Jun. 19, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Photos displayed at a military court martial show a decorated Navy SEAL holding up the head of a dead Islamic State fighter by the hair while clenching a knife in his other hand. A jury hearing testimony Wednesday will have to decide if it was a snapshot in poor taste of an enemy who died...

Database says 91,600 killed in Yemen fighting since 2015

Jun. 19, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A database tracking violence says at least 91,600 people have been killed in Yemen's civil war, presenting a new estimate after completing reporting for the first months of fighting in 2015. The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project said Wednesday that the Saudi-led coalition...

The Latest: Acting Defense boss steps down amid Iran tension

Jun. 18, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's decision to step down (all times local): 8 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is citing a "painful" family situation as he steps down from the position before his formal nomination has even been sent to the Senate....

Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon, citing 'painful' past

Jun. 18, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation that would hurt his children and reopen "wounds we have worked years to heal." President Donald Trump announced Shanahan's departure in...

Trump's Pentagon pick is Army veteran, defense lobbyist

Jun. 18, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for new Defense Secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as well as a defense industry lobbyist. Trump on Tuesday said Mark Esper, his current Army secretary, would...

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...

Soccer great now mired in corruption scandals

Jun. 18, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world's best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona. Repeatedly voted Europe's best player, the Frenchman instantly recognizable for his...

US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought

Jun. 18, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Iran said Tuesday they were not seeking war with each other as tensions simmered between the two in the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump vowed the U.S. would respond to any attack. "We have a lot of things going with Iran," Trump told reporters as he left the...