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Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 12:06 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 set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

FILE - In this Sunday, May 24, 2020, file photo, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is seen broadcasted remotely on big screens at the media center during a press conference held on the sideline of the National People's Congress in Beijing. Wang is dismissing claims that the country is exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to expand its footprint in the South China Sea, labeling such accusations as “sheer nonsense.

China denies using virus to grow presence in South China Sea

May. 24, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

A protester is detained by riot police during a demonstration against Beijing's national security legislation in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas in a popular shopping district as hundreds took to the streets Sunday to march against China's proposed tough national security legislation for the city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon at protesters

May. 24, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police fired tear gas and a water cannon at protesters in a popular shopping district Sunday, as thousands took to the streets to march against China's move to impose national security legislation on the city. Pro-democracy supporters have sharply criticized a proposal, set to be...

In this undated photo provided on Sunday, May 24, 2020, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea's Kim holds meeting on bolstering nuclear forces

May. 24, 2020 4:19 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened a key military meeting to discuss bolstering the country's nuclear arsenal and putting its armed forces on high alert, state media reported Sunday, in Kim's first known public appearance in about 20 days. Kim earlier this month quelled...

Hong Kong police fire tear gas in popular shopping district as hundreds protest China's proposed national security law

May. 24, 2020 1:52 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police fire tear gas in popular shopping district as hundreds protest China's proposed national security law.
FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad attends the inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad said May 7 that he called for the release of Mark R. Frerichs, ab American citizen captured by Taliban-linked militants in discussions with Taliban leadership as continued violence threatens to scuttle a peace deal to end America’s longest-running war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday

May. 23, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day cease-fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. The Taliban order, which was soon followed by an announcement via Twitter from Afghan...

Fort Campbell soldiers return, helped with virus response

May. 23, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Eighteen soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division have returned to Fort Campbell after spending more than a month in New Jersey helping with COVID-19 response operations. Fort Campbell officials said Friday that the soldiers deployed April 14 to help provide...

South Carolina soldier dies in Afghanistan

May. 23, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that 1st Lt. Trevarius Ravon Bowman, 25, of Spartanburg, died May 19 at Bagram Air Force Base from a non-combat-related incident. A department news release said the incident...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter looks on during his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's Hifter: Tripoli campaign to continue despite losses

May. 23, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The military commander of eastern Libya-based forces said Saturday that they will continue fighting forces loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli, even though his campaign has suffered setbacks in recent weeks. Khalifa Hifter, commander of the self-styled Libyan Arab...

Manchester VA celebrating Memorial Day via Facebook

May. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the Veterans Affairs Manchester Healthcare System is not celebrating Memorial Day with a public gathering, but rather, a Facebook tribute. The Monday ceremony will mirror its traditional service and is being prerecorded in alignment with the...