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The damaged headstone and footstone on the grave of an enslaved African man, in St Mary's churchyard, in Bristol, England, Thursday June 18, 2020, which have been vandalised in an apparent

Slave's grave vandalized in UK city in apparent retaliation

Jun. 18, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British officials said Thursday the grave of an enslaved African man has been vandalized in an apparent “retaliation attack” after anti-racism protesters in the city of Bristol toppled the statue of a prominent slave trader. Two headstones in memory of Scipio Africanus, who...

Protesters gather in Leeds, England, Sunday June 14, 2020, during a protest by Black Voices Matter. Global protests are taking place in the wake of George Floyd’s death who was killed on May 25 while in police custody in the US city of Minneapolis. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

UK's leader creates anti-racism panel; critics want more

Jun. 15, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that he will establish a commission to look at what more can be done to fight racial inequality in the U.K., a move that came after two weeks of protests spurred by the death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Opponents accused the...

Officers in swat gear work at the intersection of West Fond du Lac Avenue and West Burleigh Street near a Jet Beauty store that was looted in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: 10 resign from SWAT team amid safety concerns

Jun. 12, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Dallas officials agree to 90-day ban on use of tear gas against demonstrators. — Judge orders pause on use of tear gas against protesters in Seattle. — Minneapolis council takes step toward abolishing police department. ___ HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Ten members of a...

Protestors make a fist during protests in London, Friday, June 12, 2020 in response to the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Statues boarded up in London as more protests expected

Jun. 12, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in London boarded up monuments including a war memorial and a statue of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in anticipation of rival demonstrations by anti-racism and far-right protesters, as the city’s mayor urged protesters Friday to stay home because of the...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, June 10, 2020, a damaged Christopher Columbus statue stands in a waterfront park near the city's traditionally Italian North End neighborhood, in Boston, USA., after the statue was found beheaded Wednesday morning. Statues of the 15th-century explorer and the Spanish conquistadors who followed him and colonized much of the Americas have not become targets for demonstrators in Spain and USA. The death of George Floyd at the hands of police and Minneapolis, USA, has sparked a re-examination of injustices and inequalities in the fabric of many societies, often symbolized in statues of historical figures have become the focus of protest around the world. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FILE)

The Latest: Columbus statue taken down in Camden, New Jersey

Jun. 12, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Columbus statue taken down in Camden, New Jersey — Kentucky bans use of ‘no knock’ warrnts, names ordinance after Breonna Taylor — Georgia man facing upgraded charges for ramming his ATV into an Atlanta policeman during a protest. — Group of Minneapolis...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, June 9, 2020, supporters of the Rhodes Must Fall group, participate in a protest calling for the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, a Victorian imperialist in southern Africa who made a fortune from mines and endowed the university's Rhodes scholarships, beneath the statue which stands on the facade, top centre, of Oriel College, in Oxford, England.  The death of George Floyd at the hands of police and Minneapolis, USA, has sparked a re-examination of injustices and inequalities in the fabric of many societies, often symbolized in statues of historical figures have become the focus of protest around the world. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

Not set in stone: Statues fall as Europe reexamines its past

Jun. 11, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — From Confederate monuments in the United States to statues of British slave traders, memorials erected in honor of historical figures have become a focus of protests around the world. The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has sparked a reexamination of rigid...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jun. 10, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 10 The Los Angles Times on the crack epidemic in the 1980s, harsh prison sentences disproportionately against black men and the lasting effect in black neighborhoods: What if the nation had met the crack epidemic of the 1980s with...

Demonstrators chant slogans during a rally at Downing Street in London, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The rally is to commemorate George Floyd whose private funeral takes place in the US on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

London may remove statues as Floyd's death sparks change

Jun. 10, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — London's mayor announced Tuesday that more statues of imperialist figures could be removed from Britain’s streets after protesters knocked down the monument to a slave trader, as the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis continued to spark protests — and drive change —...

The casket of George Floyd arrives for a public memorial at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Monday, June 8, 2020.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Latest: George Floyd to be buried Tuesday in Houston

Jun. 9, 2020 2:34 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — George Floyd to be buried Tuesday in Houston. — Protesters heartened by swift reform, but vow broader change. — Protesters in Portland walk onto Interstate, leading to temporary shutdown. — Violence gives way to street fair vibe outside White House. ___ HOUSTON...

A banner is taped over the inscription on the pedestal of the toppled statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, England, Monday, June 8, 2020. The toppling of the statue was greeted with joyous scenes, recognition of the fact that he was a notorious slave trader — a badge of shame in what is one of Britain’s most liberal cities. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

In Bristol, toppling of slave trader's statue a major moment

Jun. 8, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

BRISTOL, England (AP) — In an English port city that once launched slave ships, an empty plinth has become the center of a debate about racism, history and memory. For over a century the pedestal in Bristol held the statue of Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader whose wealth helped the city grow....