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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 6:50am

A sheriff's official says a shooting at a South Carolina nightclub left two people dead and eight wounded. No one was immediately taken into custody following the early Sunday shooting at Lavish Lounge, but a Greenville County sheriff's spokesperson said they were looking for two suspects. Authorities had originally said 12 people were hurt, but later told the AP that two victims were likely counted twice initially. Of the eight wounded, some had non-life-threatening injuries and others were in critical condition. A Facebook post from the club said Foogiano was scheduled to perform Saturday night. A representative tells the AP the trap rapper is safe.

Ethiopian police patrol Oromia area and capital after unrest

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 6:46am

Ethiopian police were patrolling the country's troubled Oromia region and the capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday, following a week of unrest in which 166 people were killed and more than 2,000 arrested, after a popular singer was shot dead.

Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 5:44am

Israel ordered thousands of people into quarantine after a contentious phone surveillance program resumed while Palestinians in the West Bank returned to life under lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases in both areas.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says she has secured her second term as head of the Japanese capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 5:06am

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike says she has secured her second term as head of the Japanese capital.

Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child

Samya Kullab, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 3:30am

The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child.

Crunch, crunch: Africa's locust outbreak is far from over

Khaled Kazziha and Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 1:22am

The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now finding its wings for proper flight.

Croatia parliamentary race close as virus spikes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 11:20pm

Amid a spike of new coronavirus cases, voters in Croatia cast ballots on Sunday in what is expected be a close parliamentary race that could push the latest European Union member state further to the right.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 10:40pm

The Food and Drug Administration commissioner is declining to back up President Donald Trump’s claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “harmless.” Dr. Stephen Hahn tells CNN and ABC that government data clearly show “a serious problem.” He adds that “any case is tragic” and that to stem the tide of surging cases people should follow government guidance to practice social distancing and wear a mask. In Fourth of July remarks, Trump said the U.S. was testing too much and falsely asserted that “by so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless.”

Tokyo governor wins 2nd term, buoyed by handling of virus

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 9:38pm

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has won a second term to head the Japanese capital, propelled to an election victory Sunday by public support for her handling of the coronavirus crisis despite a recent rise in infections that has raised concerns of a resurgence of the disease.

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 6:41am

Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open.

English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 4:02am

Pubs, hair salons and movie theaters across England reopened Saturday as part of Britain’s biggest step toward post-outbreak normal, while South Africa and other parts of the world signaled anything but — reporting another day of record confirmed coronavirus cases.

Pints poured, unkempt hairdos cut, as England eases lockdown

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 3:25am

The pints were supped and the unkempt hairdos cut and styled as England embarked Saturday on its biggest lockdown-easing yet, one that many think came too soon given still-high levels of coronavirus infections and deaths.

Sex workers lack food for taking HIV drugs during COVID-19

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 1:05am

As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it threatens in multiple ways those who earn their living on the streets — people like Mignonne, a 25-year-old sex worker with HIV.

Explosions rock 2 Somalia cities as 4 killed in Baidoa

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:41pm

Explosions rocked two of Somalia's largest cities on Saturday as officials said a suicide car bomber detonated near the port in Mogadishu and a land mine in a restaurant on the outskirts of Baidoa killed four people.

North Korea says it has no plans for talks with US

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 11:23pm

North Korea on Saturday reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” polices toward Pyongyang.

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

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

The Fourth of July is a day meant for unity and celebration. But in his holiday remarks, President Donald Trump went after segments of the country that don't support him. He vowed to “safeguard our values” from enemies within — people he called leftists, looters, agitators and anarchists. His Fourth of July speech was packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies. Outside his White House event, a strikingly thin crowd came to the National Mall to watch an air show and fireworks. Many who showed up wore masks, unlike those seated close together for Trump’s South Lawn event,

Heavy rain floods southern Japan; over a dozen presumed dead

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:45pm

Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said.

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.