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Seawater seeping into decaying oil tanker off Yemen coast

The United Nations said an abandoned oil tanker moored off the coast of Yemen loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil is at risk of rupture or exploding, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life, desalination factories and international shipping routes.

Rebels shoot down Syrian helicopter as fighting intensifies

Rebels shot down a Syrian military helicopter in northern Syria on Tuesday, killing its crew members in a fiery crash, while the government kept up its relentless bombing campaign on the opposition-held region, with an airstrike in which seven civilians died, activists and news reports said.

New-look Mississippi has a lot to do before Aug. 31 opener

A young Mississippi football team has plenty to do before its opener at Memphis on Aug. 31. The Rebels are implementing a new offensive and defensive scheme after hiring two new coordinators. Third-year coach Matt Luke hired Rich Rodriguez to lead the offense and Mike MacIntyre to lead the defense. Ole Miss also plans to start redshirt freshman Matt Corral at quarterback.

Rebel missile, suicide attack kill dozens in Yemen’s port

Yemen’s main southern city of Aden was shaken by double attacks Thursday, as a missile fired by rebels hit a military parade and suicide bombers blasted a police station. At least 51 people were killed in the deadliest day in nearly two years in the de facto capital of the U.S.- and Saudi-backed side in Yemen’s civil war.

Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport

Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi airport and military base with a bomb-laden drone Tuesday, an assault acknowledged by the kingdom as Middle East tensions remained high between Tehran and Washington. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

UNLV adds graduate transfers Vitaliy Shibel and Elijah Mitrou-Long

UNLV has added graduate transfers Elijah Mitrou-Long from Texas and Vitaliy Shibel from Arizona State. Both players will be eligible during new Runnin’ Rebels coach T.J. Otzelberger’s first season in 2019-20. Mitrou-Long played 36 games for the Longhorns as a junior last season, averaging 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. Shibel had a limited role with the Sun Devils last season.

Mississippi players kneel during anthem in response to rally

Eight Mississippi players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before the Rebels’ 72-71 victory over Georgia. With the teams lined up across the court at the free throw lines, six players took a knee and bowed at the start of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Two other players later joined them.

Gonzaga women dial up defensive pressure in win at UNLV

Gonzaga, which improved to 18-26 against current Mountain West teams, earned a 37-36 advantage on the glass, and outscored the Rebels in the paint, 36-22. The Zags have now outscored opponents in the paint, 138-84.

No. 5 LSU’s defense, Ole Miss offense prepare for clash

The challenge for LSU’s defense won’t get any easier this week when the Tigers host an Ole Miss offense known for putting up points. LSU’s players and coaches say the team’s struggles against Louisiana Tech have helped provide motivation going into the SEC matchup with the Rebels.

Syrian government, rebels clash over recon base near Israel

Syrian rebels and government forces clashed over a reconnaissance point near the frontier with Israel, a monitoring group said Monday, as the government pressed forward with military operations in the country’s southwest.

Fighting rages around airport in Yemen port city of Hodeida

Saudi-led forces fought to retake the international airport of Yemen’s rebel-held port city of Hodeida, Yemeni officials and witnesses said on Saturday, as their Shiite Houthi rebel rivals denied the coalition had seized the facility that is the starving nation’s main gateway for food shipments.

Fierce fighting intensifies outside Yemen’s Hodeida airport

Preparations are underway by the Saudi-led coalition, UAE forces and thousands of Yemeni fighters to seize control of the airport of the vital rebel-held Yemeni city of Hodeida from Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who are digging in, field commanders said.