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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 2:00am

The Trump administration is following up on a Supreme Court ruling that permits some elements of its travel ban to go into effect. Officials have established new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees. A principal guideline requires a person to have a "close" family or business tie to the United States. President Donald Trump's travel ban was widely criticized as a prohibition on Muslims entering the country.

NATO agrees to send more troop trainers to Afghanistan

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:55am

Two years after winding down its military operation in Afghanistan, NATO has agreed to send more troops to the war-ravaged country to help train and work alongside the Afghan security forces.

German prison to be evacuated after WWII bomb found nearby

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:55am

A prison in the southern German city of Regensburg needs to be evacuated after an unexploded World War II-era bomb was found during construction work nearby.

Israel's ex-PM Ehud Olmert granted early release from prison

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:45am

The parole board of Israel's Prison Service on Thursday granted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release from his 27-month corruption sentence, in perhaps the final chapter of a stunning fall from grace that forced him from office amid the last serious round of peace talks with the Palestinians.

China defends prison care of ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu

Didi Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:40am

In the midst of a growing outcry, China appears to be responding to criticism that prison authorities failed to provide sufficient care to ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying that he received regular health checks but nothing abnormal was detected until May.

Germany's Merkel: talks on climate at G-20 summit won't be easy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:34am

Germany's Merkel: talks on climate at G-20 summit won't be easy.

China's Xi in Hong Kong for anniversary as protests planned

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:29am

Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of Beijing re-establishing sovereignty over the former British colony, accompanied by a formidable layer of security as authorities braced for protests.

Merkel before G20: Paris accord irreversible, not negotiable

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 1:27am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union is "more determined than ever" to make the Paris accord against climate change a success following the U.S. decision to withdraw from the agreement.

Israel parole board grants former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release on 27-month corruption sentence

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

Israel parole board grants former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release on 27-month corruption sentence.

Vatican says finance reforms will continue in Cardinal George Pell's absence, expresses respect for Australian justice.

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

Vatican says finance reforms will continue in Cardinal George Pell's absence, expresses respect for Australian justice.

Vietnam puts prominent blogger on trial for anti-state acts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 29th - 12:40am

A lawyer says a prominent Vietnamese blogger is being tried for her Facebook posts that prosecutors say distorted government policies and defamed the regime.

AP PHOTOS: After UK handover, Hong Kong in uneasy transition

Photos By Vincent Yu, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:02pm

Twenty years since the handover of power from Britain to China, Hong Kong remains a place undergoing an uneasy transition.

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):