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In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

May. 30, 2020 5:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African...

A police officer watches a crowd as a police vehicle burns near Fort Greene Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York after protesters rallied outside Barclays Center over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Memorial Day while in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes

May. 30, 2020 5:29 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency early Saturday to activate the state National Guard as violence flared in Atlanta and cities nationwide following the death in Minnesota of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody....

People march from the George Floyd vigil at Peninsula Park towards the Justice Center downtown in Portland, Friday, March 29, 2020.  After hours of largely peaceful demonstrations, violence escalated late Friday in downtown Portland, as hundreds of people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing of a black man George Floyd.(Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Floyd protesters set fires in Portland, police declare riot

May. 30, 2020 5:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters broke into the police headquarters in Portland, Oregon, Friday night and authorities said they lit a fire inside as a rally over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned violent. Blazes continued to burn early Saturday morning in multiple locations in downtown,...

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Analysis: Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

May. 30, 2020 2:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and the streets of a major city erupted in flames after a handcuffed black man was killed by a white...

President Donald Trump leaves after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump walks back his incendiary Minneapolis 'thugs' post

May. 30, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tried to walk back his post-midnight “thugs” tweet about Minneapolis protesters that added to outrage over the police killing of a black man. Trump's repeated condemnation of the killing and outreach to the man's family was a marked change in tone...

In this May 29, 2020, photo, a check-cashing business burns during protests in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Officer charged with George Floyd's death as protests flare

May. 30, 2020 1:55 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with murder, and crowds broke overnight curfews imposed to try to stem violent protests over police killings of African Americans that have...

Police officers and protesters clash near CNN Center, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, in response to George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Protests, some violent, spread in wake of George Floyd death

May. 30, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of U.S. cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota. Georgia’s...

Police hold off protesters for Breonna Taylor, early Friday, May 29, 2020 in Louisville, Ky.  Taylor,  a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March. (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)

Mother of Louisville police shooting victim calls for peace

May. 29, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking to defuse anger after gunfire wounded at least seven people at a protest in Louisville, the mother of a black woman killed by police urged protesters Friday to continue demanding justice but do so “without hurting each other." Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear read the...

President Donald Trump holds up a copy of the New York Post as he speaks before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Twitter and Trump: A feud years in the making finally erupts

May. 29, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

On one side of this fraught moment: the president of the United States, facing multiple crises less than six months before the election. On the other: Twitter, the social media giant, which has grappled for years with how to handle its most prominent — and divisive — user. Caught in the middle:...

Police: Trans man fatally shot by officer after pointing gun

May. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A transgender black man was fatally shot by an officer in Florida after fatally stabbing another man and pointing a gun at the officer, authorities said. Tony McDade, 38, was shot and killed by a Tallahassee police officer Wednesday after McDade fatally stabbed her next-door...