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FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019, file photo, a Border Patrol agent talks with a group suspected of having entered the U.S. illegally near McAllen, Texas. The Trump administration has quietly shut down the nation's asylum system for the first time in decades amid coronavirus concerns, largely because holding people in custody is considered too dangerous. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

US expels thousands to Mexico after largely halting asylum

Apr. 9, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

A U.S. Border Patrol agent wouldn't let Jackeline Reyes explain why she and her 15-year-old daughter fled Honduras and needed asylum, pointing to the coronavirus. It was just days after the Trump administration essentially shut down the nation's asylum system. “The agent told us about the virus and that we...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo the USS Nimitz looms in the background as the USS Olympia submarine crew gathers on the pier after the sub arrived for decommissioning at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton in Bremerton, Wash. Pentagon leaders anticipate that the coronavirus may strike more Navy ships at sea after an outbreak aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific infected more than 400 sailors, a top general said Thursday, April 9, 2020. (Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun via AP)

General says coronavirus may affect more Navy ships

Apr. 9, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders anticipate that the coronavirus may strike more Navy ships at sea after an outbreak aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific infected more than 400 sailors, a top general said Thursday. Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said one member of the...

FILE - In this Nov.18, 2015 file photo, France's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle leaves its home port of Toulon, southern France. France's defense ministry announced that French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is heading back to port amid possible virus outbreak onboard. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that around 40 troops are presenting symptoms compatible with the COVID-19 disease. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

French aircraft carrier ends mission amid possible outbreak

Apr. 8, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle headed back to port Wednesday due to a possible virus on-board outbreak of the new coronavirus, France's Defense Ministry said. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that around 40 sailors showed symptoms compatible with COVID-19, the disease...

Lighter than normal traffic flow in and out downtown Atlanta Monday, April 6, 2020. Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an order to shelter in place in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Latest: Japan's Abe: Stay home, obey state of emergency

Apr. 8, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan PM Abe urges cooperation with state of emergency in...

UN urges swift release of Mali's kidnapped opposition leader

Apr. 7, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged the government of Mali and armed groups Tuesday to accelerate implementation of a 2015 peace agreement and called for “the swift liberation” of kidnapped opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. The council also called on Mali's government...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Apr. 7, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

With its biggest one-day jump yet, New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus officially eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. At least 3,202 people have died in New York City from COVID-19, according to the count released Tuesday by the city. Across the U.S., the...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly testifies during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee about about ongoing reports of substandard housing conditions in Washington, on Capitol Hill. Modly says the captain of the COVID-stricken aircraft carrier who was fired last week had betrayed his service and may have been “too naive or too stupid” to be commanding officer of the ship. Officials are confirming that Modly made the comments Sunday, April 5, 2020, to the ship's crew in Guam. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

Apr. 7, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, bringing to a climax an extraordinary drama that he advanced by delivering a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt. In announcing the resignation, Defense...

Official: Navy leader Modly submits letter of resignation to Defense Secretary Esper, tells staff he is quitting

Apr. 7, 2020 3:34 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Official: Navy leader Modly submits letter of resignation to Defense Secretary Esper, tells staff he is quitting.
FILE- A 1972 file photo of Bangladesh Premier, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Police in Bangladesh on Tuesday arrested a fugitive killer of the country’s independence leader Rahman nearly 45 years after the brutal assassination, the country's home minister said. (AP Photo, File)

Bangladesh arrests fugitive killer of independence leader

Apr. 7, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh arrested a fugitive killer of the country’s independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Tuesday, nearly 45 years after the brutal assassination, the country's home minister said. Abdul Majed, a former military captain, was arrested in the capital,...

US Navy welcomes 1st submarine named after Delaware

Apr. 6, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first U.S. Navy submarine named after the state of Delaware was officially welcomed to the fleet over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. The USS Delaware, a fast attack submarine, was commissioned administratively and transitioned to normal operations Saturday,...