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The Latest: Trump to establish ‘National Garden’ of heroes

Jul 3 2020 — AP — MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. — The Latest on President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore (all times local): 9:30 p.m. 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 […]

French government ministers investigated over virus crisis

Jul 3 2020 — AP — PARIS — A special French court ordered an investigation Friday of three current or former government ministers over their handling of the coronavirus crisis. COID-19 patients, doctors, prison personnel, police officers and others in France filed an unprecedented 90 complaints in the Court of Justice of the Republic over recent months, notably over shortages of […]

France returns remains of Algerian anti-colonial fighters

Jul 3 2020 — AP — ALGIERS, Algeria — After decades in a French museum, the skulls of 24 Algerians decapitated for resisting French colonial forces were formally repatriated to Algeria on Friday in an elaborate ceremony led by the teary-eyed Algerian president. A 21-gun salute thundered from Algiers’ international airport as a military plane touched down, carrying the remains. Boats […]

Putin orders amendments extending his rule into constitution

Jul 3 2020 — AP — MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered amendments that would allow him to remain in power until 2036 to be put into the Russian Constitution after voters approved the changes during a week-long plebiscite. “The amendments come into force. They come into force, without overstating it, at the people's will,” Putin said after he […]

French court OKs end to Rwanda genocide investigation

Jul 3 2020 — AP — PARIS — The Paris appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to end a years-long investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence. The probe has damaged France-Rwanda relations for years, because it targeted several people close to current Rwandan President Paul Kagame. His justice minister welcomed Friday's […]

In shake-up, UK government plans televised media briefings

Jul 3 2020 — AP — LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will introduce White House-style televised media briefings, in a shake-up to the traditional system of political communication. For years, political journalists have been briefed off-camera but on the record by the prime minister’s official spokespeople, who are civil servants rather than political appointees. The briefings […]

UN agency: North Europe radiation likely linked to reactor

Jul 3 2020 — AP — BERLIN — The U.N. nuclear agency said Friday that slightly elevated levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe likely were related to a nuclear reactor that was either operating or undergoing maintenance, but it's still unclear where it is located. Estonia, Finland and Sweden last week measured higher-than-usual levels of ruthenium and caesium isotopes and […]

Germany’s Merkel pictured wearing mask in public

Jul 3 2020 — AP — BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has started making official appearances wearing a mask, after being called out for never having being pictured wearing one despite it being part of the government’s official guidance in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Merkel appeared in the upper house of parliament in Berlin on […]

Croatia to hold election amid virus, political uncertainty

Jul 3 2020 — AP — ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia is holding a parliamentary election this weekend amid a coronavirus outbreak and with no clear winner in sight as none of the main contenders appears set to garner a majority of votes. The ballot on Sunday will take place as Croatia, like other parts of Europe, contends with a renewed spike […]

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul 2 2020 — AP — SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday […]

Brooklyn’s US attorney tapped for Justice Department role

Jul 2 2020 — AP — NEW YORK — The top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn is leaving his post for a job at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington. Richard Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told his staff Thursday that he will become the top deputy to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. The change […]

Correction: Trump-July 4th story

Jul 2 2020 — AP — WASHINGTON — In a story July 1, 2020, about the president’s 4th of July ceremony, The Associated Press erroneously reported that details on the partial price tag of at $13 million for last year’s Salute to America came from the Inspector General’s office of the Interior Department. It was from a report from the U.S. […]

Supreme Court agrees to hear Nazi art case

Jul 2 2020 — AP — WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a case involving the descendants of a group of Jewish art dealers from Germany who say their ancestors were forced to sell a collection of religious art to the Nazi government in 1935. The justices will decide whether the dispute involving foreign citizens suing a foreign […]

3 cities pilot South Africa-style truth, reconciliation push

Jul 2 2020 — AP — BOSTON — District attorneys in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco are teaming up on a pilot effort patterned after South Africa's post-apartheid truth and reconciliation commission to confront racism in the criminal justice system. Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins, Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner and San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin announced the initiative Wednesday in partnership […]

Anchorage bars called on to adopt more virus precautions

Jul 2 2020 — AP — ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage officials and trade groups have announced new suggested guidelines they hope bars and restaurants will adopt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Anchorage health officials said several entertainment and hospitality businesses in the municipality have been linked to recent COVID-19 cases, The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday. The suggestions were […]