Iran

Navy vet gets 10 years for posting photo

A U.S. Navy veteran held in Iran since July while visiting an Iranian girlfriend has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges that he insulted the country's top leader and posted a private photo on social media, his family's lawyer said. The family of Michael R. White, 46, of Imperial City, Calif., was informed last week by the State Department of the sentencing. He has been incarcerated in the northeast city of Mashhad since his arrest eight months ago. White served in the Navy for 13 years.

Philippines

Manila withdraws from war crimes tribunal

The Philippines officially withdrew from the International Criminal Court on Sunday after the country's highest court declined to overrule President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to pull out from the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal. Manila announced it was withdrawing from the court a year ago, but under court rules, the withdrawal could not take effect for at least 12 months.

West Bank

Tensions increase with Israeli soldier's death

An assailant believed to be Palestinian carried out a stabbing and shooting attack Sunday in the occupied West Bank, killing an Israeli soldier and ratcheting up tensions before Israeli elections. The attack came amid a heated campaign for the April 9 ballot in which a former general leading a new centrist party is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over who can provide Israelis with better security.

California

Tanker truck explodes in South Los Angeles

A 9,000-gallon tanker truck leaking gasoline caught fire and triggered multiple explosions in South Los Angeles, igniting surrounding structures and sending a huge column of black smoke into the air. The explosions occurred with such force that they broke a large manhole cover in half. Two people were injured, one seriously.

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