Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 10:40 a.m. EDT
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have rejected the government’s divorce deal with the European Union for a third time, leaving the date and terms of the U.K.’s departure from the bloc uncertain. The House of Commons voted 286-344 against the withdrawal agreement struck between Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU. It follows defeats by even wider margins in January and March, and leaves the government’s blueprint for exiting the bloc in tatters.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has the cloud of the special counsel’s Russia probe largely lifted and is hoping to win re-election in 2020 by keeping Michigan and several other Rust Belt states in his column. The Republican president delivered a rollicking 82-minute speech before a boisterous crowd in Grand Rapids on Thursday night, presenting himself as vindicated and vindictive. Trump said “the Russia hoax is dead” and winning the presidential election is “going to be so much easier the second time.”
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A man whose wife was among the 50 killed in New Zealand’s mosque attacks says that while he didn’t agree with the gunman’s actions, his Muslim faith taught him that even the terrorist was his brother. Farid Ahmed, who survived the attack, spoke Friday to a crowd of about 20,000 attending a national remembrance service in Christchurch. Ahmed says he forgives the shooter.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation covering Vatican personnel and Holy See diplomats, requiring the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to Vatican prosecutors in a policy shift aimed at being a model for the Catholic Church worldwide. The mandatory reporting provision of the legislation published Friday marks the first time the Vatican has put into law requirements for Catholic officials to report abuse allegations to police, or face fines and possible jail time.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been dealt a second setback in a week for his administration’s health care initiatives. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by Trump after another judge on Wednesday blocked Medicaid work requirements for low-income people. Trump has hailed the small-business plan as a big success, but its impact is difficult to measure.