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

May 26, 2019

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has offered to mediate in the crisis between its two key allies, the United States and Iran, amid escalating Middle East tensions and as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers steadily unravels. The Iraqi foreign minister, Mohammed al-Hakim, made the offer during a joint news conference in Baghdad with his visiting Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — Officials say two people have died after a likely tornado destroyed a motel and swept through a nearby mobile home park in the Oklahoma City area. El Reno Mayor Matt White said during a news conference Sunday that “there have been two fatalities at this point in time.” He said officials are working to notify relatives. White said search and rescue efforts are continuing.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese sumo fans say they’re happy President Donald Trump took the opportunity during his visit to Tokyo to watch the national sport in person _ even if his attendance caused some changes to the usual arrangement for fans. Shinichiro Idehara, a 54-year-old government employee, bought a ticket after learning Trump would be going. Idehara said “that means he has an understanding of Japanese culture and I’m happy to know that.”

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake has struck the Amazon jungle in north-central Peru, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas. The U.S. Geological Survey says it was centered in a sparsely populated area 47 miles (75 kilometers) south-southeast of the village of Lagunas.

BERLIN (AP) — Israel’s president says he’s shocked by a German official’s comment that he wouldn’t advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country, which is drawing mixed reactions at home. Felix Klein, the government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, was quoted Saturday as saying: “I cannot recommend to Jews that they wear the skullcap at all times everywhere in Germany.”

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