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Mayor Steven Reed address demonstrators in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday June 3, 2020, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

The Latest: European Union leaders concerned about US racism

Jun. 5, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — European Union lawmakers concerned about US racism, leadership. — Paris police ban protests because of coronavirus concerns. — Twitter blocks Trump campaign video featuring George Floyd. ___ BRUSSELS — European Union lawmakers are expressing concern about U.S. police...

A health official wearing protective gears puts a sample of a person into a plastic bag during the COVID-19 testing at a makeshift clinic in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: Switzerland to lift travel limits on EU, UK

Jun. 5, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BERLIN — Switzerland says it plans to lift restrictions on travel from European Union countries and Britain on June 15. The Swiss government previously had announced that it would completely reopen the country’s borders with three of its neighbors -- Austria, Germany and France – in mid-June....

A Hindu woman performs rituals during a prayer ceremony to rid the world of coronavirus, on the banks of the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Asia Today: India's daily virus cases surge by nearly 10,000

Jun. 5, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Health Ministry on Friday reported another record spike in new coronavirus cases — more than 9,800 in 24 hours. India now has 226,770 confirmed cases with 6,348 deaths, 273 of them in the past 24 hours, the ministry said. It says the overall rate of recovery for coronavirus...

Demonstrators observe a minute's silence in Canberra, Australia, on Friday, June 5, 2020 in memory of deaths in custody including George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Thousands gathered in Australia's capital to remind Australians that the racial inequality underscored by Floyd's death was not unique to the United States. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Australians rally for black lives, court bans bigger protest

Jun. 5, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thousands gathered in Canberra, Australia’s capital, on Friday to protest racial inequality in reaction to George Floyd's death in the United States, while a court effectively banned a larger rally planned for Sydney because of the coronavirus threat. The Canberra rally by...

South Korean protesters shout slogans during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 5, 2020. The signs read

Court rules against planned Sydney protest due to virus fear

Jun. 5, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian court sided with police in ruling Friday that a Black Lives Matter protest planned for Sydney poses too much risk for spreading the coronavirus and cannot be held. Thousands of people were expected to rally in Australia’s largest city on Saturday afternoon to honor George...

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 4, 2020)In this June 4, 2020, photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departs Apra Harbor in Guam. The carrier has returned to sea and is conducting military operations in the Pacific region, 10 weeks after a massive coronavirus outbreak sidelined Navy warship. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaylianna Genier/U.S. Navy via AP))

Navy carrier sidelined by virus is back operating in Pacific

Jun. 5, 2020 6:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten long weeks after a massive coronavirus outbreak sidelined one of the Navy's signature warships, the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt has returned to sea and is conducting military operations in the Pacific region. Lining the flight deck in their dress white uniforms, sailors wearing white...

In this March 3, 2020, photo, the logo of the Australian Associated Press is seen in it's Rhodes headquarters in Sydney. Australia’s national news agency will continue with new owners, the board confirmed Friday, just weeks before it was due to be shut down. (Danny Casey/AAP Image via AP)

Australia's national news agency to survive with new owners

Jun. 5, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's national news agency will continue with new owners, the board confirmed Friday, just weeks before it was due to be shut down. But the agency will be slimmed down, with only about half the former number of staff. The Australian Associated Press board said an agreement with a...

A RNZAF C-130 Hercules takes off from Nausori Airport, having just delivered aid and cargo in support of the relief effort following Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji on Feb. 27, 2016. New Zealand's military said Friday, June 5, 2020, it will buy five Super Hercules transport planes from Lockheed Martin for $1 billion. (Sgt. Sam Shepherd/NZDF via AP)

New Zealand military buys 5 Lockheed Hercules planes for $1B

Jun. 5, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's military said Friday it will buy five Super Hercules transport planes from Lockheed Martin for $1 billion. The planes will replace the military's existing fleet of Hercules, all of which are more than 50 years old and have been involved in a series of...

A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, June 5, 2020. Asian markets are mostly lower after Wall Street rally takes a breather, as investors parse unemployment data. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares higher after jobless data snaps Wall St rally

Jun. 5, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after U.S. unemployment data gave the S&P 500 its first loss in five days. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.4% to 22,790.65 after opening lower. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong edged 0.1% higher, to 24,371.38. India's Sensex rose 0.8% to 34,265.86 and the Kospi in...

Protesters who were arrested by police for breaking a curfew during a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, sit on a sidewalk as they wait to be taken away in a van on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in New York. Floyd, an African American man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Protesters take to NYC streets after curfew

Jun. 5, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Protesters take to New York City streets after curfew, again. — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tells protesters they...