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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 1:42am

Federal authorities have launched dozens of new criminal investigations into possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals. It's a sign the problem isn't going away despite new prevention efforts. Data obtained by The Associated Press show 36 cases opened by the VA inspector general's office from Oct. 1 through May 19. The numbers are an increase from a similar period in the previous year.

Nepal celebrates anniversary of Everest conquest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 1:10am

Nepal's mountaineering community is celebrating the first conquest of Mount Everest and a successful climbing season in which hundreds of climbers scaled the world's highest peak.

German intel chief hopes US cooperation won't get harder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 1:00am

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says he hopes cooperation with the U.S. won't become more difficult under President Donald Trump, arguing that the Americans also need information from European agencies.

Putin set to visit France in hope of mending strained ties

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 12:53am

On a trip that will likely shape Russia-France ties for years to come, President Vladimir Putin is set to visit France for talks on Monday with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron after expressing sympathy for his rivals during the campaign.

Japan public split on idea to cite military in constitution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 12:50am

A poll shows that about half of Japan's population supports a constitutional revision that would clarify the legality of the country's military.

Shark leaps into boat and lands on Australian fisherman

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 12:32am

A 73-year-old Australian fisherman said Monday that he caught a far bigger fish than he hoped for when a 2.7-meter (9-foot) great white shark leapt into his boat, knocking him off his feet.

Philippine forces make gains in southern city under siege

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 11:51pm

Philippine forces now control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago, authorities said Monday.

Sen. John McCain visits Australia for security talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 11:31pm

U.S. Sen. John McCain met with Australian leaders on Monday for security talks in the nation's capital, where he received praise for his public support of the decades-long U.S.-Australia alliance following a diplomatic spat between the two countries earlier this year.

2 killed, 18 injured in knife attack in southwest China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 10:50pm

A man said to be mentally ill attacked 20 people with a knife in southwest China, killing two, authorities said.

NKorea fires short-range ballistic missile off western Japan

Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 10:32pm

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japan's maritime economic zone Monday, officials said, the latest in a string of test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the U.S. mainland.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 9:42pm

President Donald Trump is turning his attention to domestic issues after his nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe. In a tweet Sunday night, the president calls for putting more money into the health care system. And he says he wants it to be "the best anywhere." The House Republican health care bill has drawn criticism for spending billions less and potentially causing millions of Americans to lose their health coverage.

Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 8:17pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged European Union nations to stick together in the face of emerging policy divisions with the U.S., Britain's decision to leave the bloc and other challenges.

Australian to send 30 more military advisers to Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 7:13pm

Australia announced on Monday it would send an additional 30 military advisers to train Afghan troops and expected other countries to increase their contributions to the restive Central Asian country.

Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis dies

Demetris Nellas, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 6:33pm

Constantine Mitsotakis, a former conservative prime minister remembered for fierce confrontations with Greece's liberal and socialist parties as well as early free-market reforms during a 60-year political career, died early Monday. He was 98.

BA says most flights running; angry passengers face delays

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 6:24pm

British Airways said many of its IT systems were back up and running Sunday, but some travelers will likely face cancellations and delays for a third straight day after a global computer failure grounded hundreds of flights.

Mexico gets 1st female indigenous presidential candidate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 6:02pm

A council of Mexican indigenous groups backed by the Zapatista rebels on Sunday selected a Nahua woman as the country's first indigenous female presidential candidate.

Spain: 8 hurt as car fleeing police rams into crowded street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 4:40pm

Authorities in Spain arrested two people who appeared to be drunk after the car they were in injured seven people while fleeing from a police road check in the southern coastal town of Marbella.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 3:32pm

South Korea's Yonhap news agency says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile.

More arrests in Manchester attack; UK remains on high alert

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 2:55pm

British police made two more arrests and stormed three more locations Sunday as they hunted for suspects in the Manchester bombing, while a government minister said members of attacker Salman Abedi's network may still be at large.