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Tokyo Olympics just beginning the race to reset themselves

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 7:35am

Just two months after the unprecedented Olympic postponement, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday about progress toward next year's rescheduled Tokyo Games.

Manhunts after hundreds flee quarantine in Zimbabwe, Malawi

Gregory Gondwe and Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 4:23am

Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centers in Zimbabwe and Malawi while authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed.

Hard-line former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 1:50am

Iran's parliament elected a former mayor of Tehran tied to the Revolutionary Guard as its next speaker Thursday, solidifying hard-line control of the body as tensions between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic remain high over its collapsed nuclear deal.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 10:40pm

The House is moving to pass a bipartisan measure to modify a new “paycheck protection” program businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses. It would give businesses more flexibility to use federal subsidies for other business costs and extend the program for four additional months. Senate passage is likely next week. But talks on a much bigger measure to inject more than $3 trillion more into the economy remain stalled. The Paycheck Protection Program required businesses to spend their loan money within an eight-week window to get the loans forgiven. The new measure gives business owners 24 weeks to spend the federal aid.

Red Cross says 208 COVID-related attacks on health workers

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 10:38pm

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said it has recorded 208 COVID-19-related attacks against health workers and installations in 13 countries since March, a striking contrast to the cheers and clapping in gratitude for their work in many nations.

US indicts ex-Venezuelan lawmaker linked with Maduro

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 3:25pm

U.S. authorities filed charges Wednesday against a former Venezuelan lawmaker linked with President Nicolás Maduro accusing him of narco-terrorism and weapons crimes.

Thunberg criticizes Danes for dumping wastewater into strait

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 2:01pm

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg lashed out at authorities in the Danish capital on Wednesday because Copenhagen has for the last six years pumped large amounts of wastewater into the strait separating Sweden and Denmark.

Top lawmaker denies that Russia sent warplanes to Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:42pm

A senior Russian lawmaker on Wednesday strongly rejected the U.S. military's claim that Russia has deployed fighter jets to Libya to support east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli.

5 killed in fire at Bangladesh coronavirus treatment tent

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:08pm

Fire swept through a through a unit of a hospital in an upscale area of the Bangladeshi capital to treat people infected with the coronavirus, killing five people, an official said Wednesday.

Canadian judge rules U.S. extradition case against senior Chinese Huawei executive can advance

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:03pm

Canadian judge rules U.S. extradition case against senior Chinese Huawei executive can advance.

A stunning tirade highlights Israeli divide over Netanyahu

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:35am

He named names of police investigators and prosecutors. He accused them of using “Soviet style” extortion to turn witnesses against him. He even claimed that elderly Holocaust survivors were on his side, sympathizing with his plight.

Luxembourg starts to test its entire population for virus

Mark Carlson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:12am

Luxembourg started a coronavirus testing program Wednesday to check each and every one of its roughly 600,000 people, as well as cross-border workers, over the next nine weeks.

Lebanese PM visits UN peacekeepers amid dispute over mandate

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 9:45am

Lebanon's prime minister visited United Nations peacekeepers in the country's south near the border with Israel on Wednesday, describing the presence of the force in the volatile area as a necessity.

Bulgarian police seize more than 360 kilograms of cocaine

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 9:45am

Bulgarian police have discovered and seized more than 360 kilograms (nearly 800 pounds) of cocaine from an apartment in the capital.

So-called honor killing of teen girl brings outcry in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 9:26am

The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old Iranian girl by her father, who reportedly used a farming sickle to behead her as she slept, has prompted a nationwide outcry.

Anti-Semitic crime rises in Germany, most from far right

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 7:39am

Anti-Semitic crimes in Germany last year reached their highest level since the country started keeping statistics, amid an overall strong increase in right-extremist criminality that is a cause for “great concern,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Wednesday.

India, China in tense standoff at Himalayan frontier

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 5:51am

Indian and Chinese soldiers are in a bitter standoff in the remote and picturesque Ladakh region, with the two countries amassing soldiers and machinery near the tense frontier, Indian officials said.

Rights group urges inquiry into Philippine drug war killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:50am

Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s drug war that has left thousands dead, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children.

AP EXPLAINS: Why China is pushing Hong Kong security law

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:00am

China is taking matters into its own hands after last year's tumultuous anti-government protests in Hong Kong that often descended into tear gas-filled clashes.