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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:00pm

The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.

China's Xi visits Hong Kong under heavy security

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:25pm

China's President Xi Jinping was greeted by supporters waving red Hong Kong and Chinese flags as he arrived Thursday to mark two decades since China took control in the former British colony.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:41pm

The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.

Car rams gate at Brazil president palace, driver in custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 8:50pm

Security forces in Brazil's capital have detained a minor who allegedly rammed a car through a gate in an apparent attempt to reach the presidential palace.

Prosecutor calls for 20-year sentence for Suriname president

Pieter Van Maele, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 6:34pm

A prosecutor on Wednesday recommended a 20-year prison sentence for President Desi Bouterse for his role in the December 1982 killing of 15 prominent political opponents in this South American country.

Australian police say they are charging a top Vatican cardinal with historical sexual assault offenses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 6:11pm

Australian police say they are charging a top Vatican cardinal with historical sexual assault offenses.

The Latest: Actor says Venezuelan pilot unhappy over crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:54pm

The latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local):

North Korea warns US it will keep building nuclear arsenal

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 5:04pm

North Korea's U.N. ambassador warned the United States and the rest of the world Wednesday that his country will keep building up its nuclear arsenal regardless of sanctions, pressure or military attack.

The Latest: Syrian fire hits Golan during Netanyahu visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:40pm

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Security remains a stumbling block in Cyprus peace talks

Menelaos Hadjicostis and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:12pm

Turkish proposals on how to maintain security in Cyprus if a deal reunifying the ethnically divided island nation is reached fell short of its president's expectations Wednesday.

Greek authorities ban clashing police union, anarchist meets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:12pm

Hoping to defuse a highly explosive mix in central Athens, Greek authorities have banned separate gatherings planned by police unionists and anarchists — both ostensibly themed against violence.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian who shot at them, army says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:00pm

Israel's military says its forces have shot and killed a Palestinian who opened fire on them in the West Bank.

Iraqis fight house to house for costly victory in Mosul

Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:33pm

Gunfire echoes through the pockmarked streets as Maj. Ihab Jalil al-Aboudi's soldiers fight block by block for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, occasionally pausing to help terrified families flee to safety across the rubble.

5 things to know about Venezuela's political crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:25pm

Five things to know about Venezuela's escalating political crisis:

A look at key moments on the road to Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:25pm

The Islamic State group's hold on Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, has shrunk to just two square kilometers (about one square mile). After more than eight months of some of the most intense fighting against the extremist group, Iraq's Prime Minister has pledged that victory is near.

Airstrike kills at least 15 in eastern Syria

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:15pm

At least 15 people were killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria on Wednesday, activists said, in the second attack in three days reported to kill civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River valley.

Italy threatens to close ports to NGO migrant rescue ships

Nicole Winfield and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:43pm

Italy threatened Wednesday to close its ports to aid groups rescuing migrants off Libya's coast as it struggles to cope with the highest rate of rescues this year, officials said.

Libyan official says gunmen capture, release 2 UN staffers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:26pm

The deputy interior minister of Libya's internationally recognized government says a U.N. convoy was attacked by bandits on the road from Tunis to Tripoli, and that two U.N. staffers were briefly detained.

Stabbed London Bridge officer tells of fighting attackers

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:25am

A British Transport Police officer who fought off three extremists in London's Borough Market with only a baton thought he was going to die after being stabbed multiple times.