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Demonstrators walk along Pennsylvania Avenue as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Thousands march peacefully in Washington

Jun. 3, 2020 7:21 PM 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: — Thousands march again near White House to protest death of George Floyd. — Fifty ATMs vandalized in Philadelphia....

A man, wearing protective face masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, waits in a bus line in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. After 80 days of an almost complete shutdown, the capital city lowers its warning alert from red to yellow allowing for the freer movement of people and the opening of many businesses. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

The Latest: UN warns Asia-Pacific governments of censorship

Jun. 3, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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. ___ GENEVA — The top U.N. human rights official is urging some Asia-Pacific governments...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN envoy holds cease-fire talks with Libya's eastern forces

Jun. 3, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said its top envoy in Libya held talks Wednesday with a delegation from Khalifa Hifter’s eastern-based forces to follow up on the agreement by the country’s warring parties to resume cease-fire negotiations, calling it “a positive step.”...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately” and said its work and commitment to transparency were “very impressive, and beyond words.” But behind the scenes, there were significant delays by China and considerable frustration among WHO officials over the lack of outbreak data, The Associated Press has found. (Naohiko Hatta/Pool Photo via AP, File)

AP report raises concerns about China and WHO; China denies

Jun. 3, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

At least two U.S. senators said Wednesday that China hid data from the World Health Organization that could have altered the course of the coronavirus outbreak, even as a Chinese official denied delays in sharing information and said the government acted openly and transparently. They were referring to an...

French court approves transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect

Jun. 3, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French court on Wednesday approved the extradition of Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga to a United Nations tribunal. But Kabuga’s lawyers have asked another court to examine the decision, meaning that he will remain on French soil for at least 10 days and possibly months....

FILE - In this May 12, 2020 file, photo, Yemeni medical workers wearing masks and protective gear stand at the entrance of a hospital in Aden, Yemen. The international aid group Doctors Without Borders has reported a spike of deaths and infections from coronavirus, including health workers at a facility it runs in Aden. Residents of Aden had previously said several hospitals shut their doors as medical staffers feared contracting the virus while lacking protective equipment. (AP Photo/Wail al-Qubaty, File)

UN: Yemen programs fighting virus might stop by end of June

Jun. 3, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations warned Wednesday its programs to fight the coronavirus and stave off starvation for hundreds of thousands of children in war-torn Yemen will be severely cut or stopped altogether by the end of the month unless donor countries provide an immediate injection of cash. The U.N....

3 UN elections on June 17 including new council members

Jun. 3, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the U.N. General Assembly announced Tuesday that elections for new members of the U.N. Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and his successor as head of the 193-member world body will be held simultaneously on June 17. Last Friday, assembly president...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately” and said its work and commitment to transparency were “very impressive, and beyond words.” But behind the scenes, there were significant delays by China and considerable frustration among WHO officials over the lack of outbreak data, The Associated Press has found. (Naohiko Hatta/Pool Photo via AP, File)

China delayed releasing coronavirus info, frustrating WHO

Jun. 3, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,” and said its work and commitment to transparency were...

UN urges help for countries near `debt distress' from virus

Jun. 3, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council called for urgent action Tuesday to help the growing number of countries already facing or at risk of “debt distress” because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Norway’s U.N. ambassador, Mona...

People wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a wedding hall in Suwon, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling...