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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump says he will establish a “National Garden of American Heroes,” which he is describing as “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans who ever lived.” Trump made the announcement as he opened the Fourth of July weekend with a speech and fireworks at the iconic Mount Rushmore. The executive order released Friday by the White House says the garden will feature statues of several presidents as well as other historic notables, including Davy Crockett, Amelia Earhart, Billy Graham, Harriet Tubman and Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Ethiopia's PM accuses dissidents of taking up arms in unrest

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 12:39pm

Ethiopia’s prime minister on Friday said dissidents he recently extended an offer of peace have “taken up arms” in revolt against the government in a week of deadly unrest that followed the killing of a popular singer.

Turkey convicts 4 human rights activists of terror charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:05am

A Turkish court on Friday convicted Amnesty International’s former Turkey chairman, Taner Kilic, of membership in a terror organization and sentenced him to more than six years in prison.

Canada suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 10:14am

Canada suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong on Friday after China imposed a new security law on the territory.

2 tremors shake Puerto Rico, latest in series of quakes

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:31am

Two strong earthquakes shook Puerto Rico on Friday, but there were no reports of injuries in the latest of a series of tremors that have hit the U.S. territory since late December.

Man who crashed gate where Trudeau lives facing 22 charges

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 8:45am

A military reservist who allegedly crashed his truck through a gate on the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives was charged with 22 crimes on Friday, including weapons offenses and uttering threats.

Iran official: Cause of fire at Natanz nuclear site is known, will not be made public at this time for security reasons

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 8:14am

Iran official: Cause of fire at Natanz nuclear site is known, will not be made public at this time for security reasons.

French president names Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as new prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:43am

French president names Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as new prime minister.

AP Interview: Barcelona mayor wants Columbus statue debate

Renata Brito and Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:34am

Christopher Columbus has been decapitated, defaced, or quietly removed for his own good from pedestals across the United States in the wake of the protests for racial justice sweeping the country.

Iran declines to disclose cause of mysterious nuke site fire

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:21am

An online video and messages purportedly claiming responsibility for a fire that analysts say damaged a centrifuge assembly plant at Iran's underground Natanz nuclear site deepened the mystery Friday around the incident — even as Tehran insisted it knew the cause but would not make it public due to “security reasons.”

4 dead, 97 injured in blast at Turkish fireworks factory

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:04am

An explosion at a fireworks factory in northwestern Turkey on Friday killed four people and injured 97 others, officials said. At least three people were reported missing.

Botswana investigates 'mysterious deaths' of 275 elephants

Sello Motseta, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 2:22am

Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses — 275 — found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks.

Turkey: Khashoggi's fiancee appears at absent Saudis' trial

Suzan Fraser and Robert Badenbieck, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 2:08am

The fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi told a Turkish court Friday that the Washington Post columnist was lured to his death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul through “a great betrayal and deception,” and she asked that all persons responsible for his killing be brought to justice.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe resigns, government reshuffle expected

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 1:35am

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe resigns, government reshuffle expected.

Modi visits military base close to China amid standoff

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 1:20am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unannounced visit Friday to a military base in a remote region bordering China where troops from the two countries have been facing off for nearly two months.

Activist leaves Hong Kong after new law to advocate abroad

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 10:59pm

Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location after testifying in a U.S. congressional hearing about a tough new security law imposed by mainland China on the semi-autonomous territory.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 10:40pm

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Donald Trump’s oldest son, has contracted the coronavirus. Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump campaign’s finance committee, says Guilfoyle was immediately isolated after the positive result to limit exposure. He says she will be retested to confirm the diagnosis because she isn’t showing any symptoms of COVID-19. Gor says Guilfoyle is doing well and canceling her public events. Gor says Donald Trump Jr. tested negative but is self-isolating as a precaution. He is also canceling his public events. The couple was in South Dakota to hold fundraisers for Trump’s reelection. Trump is giving a pre-Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

France and Germany push for cease-fires to tackle pandemic

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 4:05pm

France and Germany’s top diplomats urged stepped-up action Thursday to quickly implement a new U.N. Security Council resolution demanding cease-fires in major global conflicts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Human foosball: New form of soccer developed for pandemic

Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 2:51pm

Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing, though the rules have been altered and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are impossible.