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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump is declaring himself the “president of law and order” and signaling that he will stake his reelection efforts on convincing voters that his forceful approach to protests is warranted in a time of national tumult and racial unrest. Trump made his declaration Monday to the sound of tear gas and rubber bullets clearing peaceful protesters from the park across from the White House. It created a split screen for the ages as Trump's critics declared the president was deepening divisions at a time when leadership is needed to help unify a fractured country.

Egypt's ex-PM faces torture allegation in American's lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 5:19pm

After his arrest in 2013 for documenting the deadliest crackdown on protesters in Egypt’s modern history, Mohamed Soltan landed in a notorious prison where he says he was brutally tortured for 21 months.

Tropical storm kills 17 in El Salvador and Guatemala

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 3:34pm

Rains from Tropical Storm Amanda left at least 17 dead and seven missing while causing extensive damage across El Salvador and Guatemala that pushed thousands of people into shelters amid the coronavirus pandemic.

South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

Diane Jeantet and David Biller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 2:29pm

South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus.

Gunmen attack refugee camp in Niger, cut off water supply

Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 1:21pm

Dozens of armed men on motorcycles have attacked a town in western Niger that has been hosting 35,000 displaced people, killing three and cutting off the community's water supply, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday.

Spain reports no deaths in a 24-hour period from the new coronavirus for the first time since March

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 9:51am

Spain reports no deaths in a 24-hour period from the new coronavirus for the first time since March.

Congo now faces 2nd Ebola outbreak in northern province

Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 9:27am

Health officials have confirmed a second Ebola outbreak in Congo, the World Health Organization said Monday, adding yet another health crisis for a country already battling COVID-19 and the world's largest measles outbreak.

Russian general chafes at "provocative" NATO drills

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 8:05am

The Russian military on Monday accused the U.S. and its NATO allies of conducting “provocative” military drills near the nation's borders, a statement that reflected simmering Russia-NATO tensions.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 6:53am

Authorities say the driver of a semitrailer who rolled into the midst of thousands of people marching on a closed Minneapolis freeway over the death of George Floyd has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Authorities say it appeared no one was hurt Sunday, but some witnesses say a handful of people who were on Interstate 35W near downtown Minneapolis sought medical attention on their own. Officials initially said the truck appeared to have been on the freeway before barriers were put up to close it down, but State Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said at a later briefing that the truck went around a traffic barrier to stay on the road.

Hong Kong blocks Tiananmen vigil; rush on for UK passports

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 5:42am

Hong Kong police rejected an application Monday by organizers for an annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary this week of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as residents rushed to apply for passports that could allow them to move to the United Kingdom

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 10:40pm

Two people have been killed during unrest in the Chicago suburb of Cicero as protests continued over the death of George Floyd, according to a town official. Spokesman Ray Hanania says 60 people were arrested in the town of about 84,000 located west of Chicago. Hanania didn’t provide additional information about those killed or the circumstances of their deaths. The Illinois State Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Office were called in to help local police Monday as people broke into a liquor store and other businesses and stole items.

Long-haul carrier Emirates says it fires staff amid virus

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 10:14am

Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates said Sunday it fired an undisclosed number of employees as the coronavirus pandemic has halted global aviation, becoming the latest Mideast airline to shed staff over the outbreak.

Ethiopia and Sudan urge cooperation to stop border violence

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 7:00am

Ethiopia says a recent violent incident that flared up along the border with Sudan should be addressed by diplomatic discussions.

Notre Dame forecourt opens to public after long cleanup

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 6:33am

Notre Dame Cathedral's forecourt is being opened up to the public for the first time since the devastating fire of April 15 last year.

Israeli defense minister apologizes for Palestinian's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 3:36am

Israel's defense minister apologized on Sunday for the Israeli police's deadly shooting of an unarmed Palestinian man who was autistic.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 10:40pm

Protesters started fires near the White House as tensions with police mounted during a third straight night of demonstrations held in response to the death of George Floyd at police hands in Minnesota. An hour before the 11 p.m. curfew, police fired a major barrage of tear gas stun grenades into the crowd of more than 1,000 people, largely clearing Lafayette Park across the street from the White House and scattering protesters into the street. Protesters piled up road signs and plastic barriers and lit a raging fire in the middle of H Street. Some pulled an American flag from a nearby building and threw it into the blaze. 

Israeli forces kill unarmed autistic Palestinian man

Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 12:39pm

Israeli police shot dead an unarmed autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday after saying they suspected he was carrying a weapon.

Congo militia leader arrested in 2017 murders of UN experts

Jean-Yves Kamale, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 9:41am

A Congolese militia leader accused of involvement in the murder of an American citizen and a Swedish national working with the United Nations has been arrested more than three years after their brutal slayings, a prosecutor said Saturday.

Kenya: Police kill 2 children, fetus trying to catch suspect

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 5:44am

Two children and and an unborn child were killed in a Kenyan police operation aimed at detaining a family member, a human rights group said Saturday. Police confirmed the children’s deaths and asserted they were used as “human shields" by the man, whom they called a suspected Islamic extremist with an al-Qaida linked group.