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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 10:40pm

A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal is swirling in the southern Gulf of Mexico on a path expected to take it to the U.S. Gulf Coast along with the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in Mexico, Cristobal headed back into the Gulf on Friday and powered back up into a tropical storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Cristobal’s maximum sustained winds strengthened to 45 mph (75 kph) by late Friday. The storm is forecast to  close in on the U.S. coast by Sunday night, gaining some more strength but not growing into a hurricane. It could cause heavy rains from East Texas to Florida this weekend and into early next week. 

Black Lives Matter rallies start in Australia amid court ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 8:51pm

Black Lives Matter protests across Australia on Saturday got underway against a backdrop of possible clashes between demonstrators and police in Sydney, after a court sided with police that the gathering posed too much risk for spreading the coronavirus.

French forces kill al-Qaida's North African commander

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 4:11pm

French forces have killed Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate, the France’s defense minister announced late Friday, in what would be a major victory for France after years of battling jihadists in the Sahel.

US shares proposal to extend Iran arms embargo with Russia

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 3:46pm

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said Friday she has shared a draft U.N. Security Council resolution with Russia that would extend the arms embargo against Iran indefinitely.

French military says it killed commander of al-Qaida's North Africa branch in long-awaited victory

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 3:10pm

French military says it killed commander of al-Qaida's North Africa branch in long-awaited victory.

UN seeking Mideast mediators meeting on Israel-Palestinians

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 2:04pm

The U.N. Mideast envoy is trying to arrange a meeting of key global mediators to discuss prospects and threats to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the United Nations said Friday.

3 Mexican police officers arrested for alleged beating death

MarÍa Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 1:00pm

Authorities in western Mexico arrested three police officers, including the commissioner, and took over their local police department Friday in connection with the alleged beating death of a man in police custody.

Thousands in Mali's capital demand that president step down

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:45pm

Thousands of people demonstrated in Mali's capital on Friday to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Cristobal regains tropical storm force, on a track for U.S. Gulf Coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:04pm

Cristobal regains tropical storm force, on a track for U.S. Gulf Coast.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:50 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 10:49am

President Donald Trump invoked George Floyd’s name as he delivered remarks trumpeting the latest unemployment numbers, which showed the U.S. economy unexpectedly adding 2.5 million jobs last month. Trump mentioned equal justice under the law means everyone needs to receive fair treatment. He referenced Floyd, whose death in police custody has sparked protests across the world. Trump says, “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country." Trump is calling an improving economy “the greatest thing that can happen for race relations.”

Hong Kong's last British leader: China's agenda 'Orwellian'

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 9:30am

The last British governor of Hong Kong criticized the Chinese government on Friday over proposed national security legislation, calling it part of an “Orwellian" drive to eliminate opposition in violation of the agreement on handing the territory over to Beijing.

A death in Nicaraguan baseball puts pandemic in public eye

Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 9:21am

As the new coronavirus spread and economies shut across Latin America, Nicaragua stayed open — schools, stores, concert halls and baseball stadiums, all operating uninterrupted on orders of a government that denied the gravity of the disease.

German bomb experts defuse WWII-era bomb in Frankfurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 8:53am

A World War II bomb discovered in the grounds of Frankfurt's convention center was defused on Friday after around 2,700 people were asked to leave their homes, the fire service said.

Pakistani couple suspected of killing 8-year-old maid

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 6:38am

Police arrested a Pakistani businessman and his wife who are suspected of beating to death their 8-year-old maid after she inadvertently opened a cage to feed the couple's parrots and the birds flew away, an officer said Friday.

UN says eastern Congo fighting has killed 1,300 civilians

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 5:32am

Various conflicts involving armed groups and government forces in Congo have killed more than 1,300 civilians in the past eight months and violence has surged in recent weeks in eastern provinces, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday.

Floyd case restokes anger over death of black man in France

Thomas Adamson and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 5:25am

Churning U.S. protests over the death of George Floyd have revived anger in France over police violence, systemic racism and the complicated case of Adama Traore, a black Frenchman who died in police custody in July 2016.

Rights group says another Thai dissident abducted in SE Asia

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 1:57am

A Thai dissident has been abducted in Cambodia, a human rights group said Friday, raising concern that a mysterious campaign targeting exiles for disappearance or death may have been revived.

Surgical or homemade, masks mark a major shift in thinking

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:11am

Think about Hannibal Lecter, the psychopathic cannibal in the “Silence of The Lambs." Or Jason Voorhees, the hockey mask-wearing murderer in the “Friday the 13th" slasher film series.

Sri Lankan cafe owner feeds and shelters stranded tourists

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:03am

The tourists came to see the magical waterfalls and mountain views of the lowland jungle and rainforest. But then the pandemic hit, and they were stranded in Sri Lanka.