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An elderly woman reacts as a heath worker collects a sample for coronavirus testing during the screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19 at Sphamandla informal settlement in Katlehong, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa's hotspot limits most testing to above age 55

Jun. 4, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's worst hotspot for the coronavirus is no longer testing most people under age 55 as it tries to clear a backlog of 27,000 tests amid a shortage of kits. Western Cape province, centered on the city of Cape Town, will test people under 55 only if they have serious...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo a Maasai man, who said he had seen videos on Facebook about protests in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, jumps next to a new mural painted this week showing Floyd with the Swahili word

George Floyd’s death an American tragedy with global echoes

Jun. 5, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When black men died at the hands of U.S. police in recent years, the news made international headlines. The name of George Floyd has reached the world’s streets. Since his death while being detained by Minneapolis police last week, Floyd’s face has been painted on walls from...

In this photo taken Thursday, June 4, 2020, Margaret Awino, 54, who lost her job after 15 years as a cleaner for a charity, prepares raw chicken that she bought to fry in the street to earn some income, in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. Factories and stores are reopening and economies are reawakening but many jobs just aren't coming back - that's the harsh truth facing workers laid off because of the coronavirus around the U.S. and the world. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Despite reopening, some jobs lost to virus are gone for good

Jun. 5, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Factories and stores are reopening, economies are reawakening – but many jobs just aren’t coming back. That’s the harsh truth facing workers laid off around the U.S. and the world, from restaurants in Thailand to car factories in France, whose livelihoods fell victim to...

Burundi court upholds disputed presidential election results

Jun. 4, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's constitutional court on Thursday upheld the results of last month's presidential election and rejected the complaints filed by opposition leader Agathon Rwasa, who had alleged widespread irregularities. The court upheld the win of ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye...

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)

The Latest: Paris police ban protest due to virus concerns

Jun. 5, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Paris police ban George Floyd anti-racism protest on Saturday. — Twitter blocks Trump campaign video featuring George Floyd. — Islamic State group says protests, pandemic will weaken the West — South Africa's ruling party launches Black Friday campaign. — NFL...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. A spokesman said late Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that forces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Libya have captured a key airport in Tripoli from rival troops attempting to take control of the capital for over a year. The fall of Tripoli International Airport came two days after the U.N. announced Libya’s warring parties agreed to resume cease-fire talks following weeks of heavy fighting. Since 2015, Libya has been divided between two governments, one in the east and one in the west. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Tripoli forces say they have ended siege of Libyan capital

Jun. 4, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied with Libya's U.N.-supported government said Thursday they regained control of all of Tripoli's entrance and exit points after taking back the airport, claiming that the siege by rival troops trying to capture the capital for over a year has effectively ended. The announcement...

UN chief: COVID-19 compounds dire situation in Mali, Sahel

Jun. 5, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the coronavirus pandemic has compounded the "dire humanitarian and security situations” in Mali and Africa’s Sahel region. The U.N. chief said in a report to the Security Council obtained Thursday by The Associated Press that...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. A statement from Hamdok’s office says deadly tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in the country's South Darfur province that erupted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and continued into Wednesday have since subsided. (AP Photo, File)

UN moves toward ending UN-AU peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur

Jun. 4, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to move toward ending the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s vast western Darfur region and replacing it with a civilian mission focusing on the country’s democratic transition. But the council did not set a...

Children run down a street past an informational mural warning people about the dangers of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

AP Week in Pictures, Europe and Africa

Jun. 4, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

MAY 29 - JUNE 4, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Europe and Africa regions. The gallery was curated by AP photographer Armando Franca in Lisbon, Portugal. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram:...

This Jan. 12, 2020 photo shows 22-year-old Mayada, a tea vendor 7-months pregnant with twins, the result of a gang-rape by Sudanese security forces, in Khartoum, Sudan. Dozens of women were raped on June 3, 2019 as security forces attacked a sit-in protest camp in Khartoum, according to activists’ counts. Mayada wanted to end the pregnancy, but a pharmacist refused to sell her pills to cause an abortion. She hurt herself, lifting heavy objects and throwing herself off furniture, hoping for a miscarriage. She gave birth in March to a daughter, while the other twin, a boy, died. She doesn’t know the names of the men who raped her, much less which is the father. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

A year later, Sudanese raped in crackdown wait for justice

Jun. 3, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Two or three times a week, Mayada goes to visit her baby daughter at the foster home. Sometimes, she breastfeeds her if she has milk, or she just sits and lulls the 3-month-old to sleep. She left Marwa at the home because she’s too poor and ill to care for her, she said. Not...

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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)

The Latest: Paris police ban protest due to virus concerns

Jun. 5, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Paris police ban George Floyd anti-racism protest on Saturday. — Twitter blocks Trump campaign video featuring George Floyd. — Islamic State group says protests, pandemic will weaken the West — South Africa's ruling party launches Black Friday campaign. — NFL...

People exercise in a park in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, June 5, 2020. Government of Pakistan's Punjab province has reopened parks in different cities of the province including Lahore amid coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

The Latest: British Airways mulling suit vs quaratine rule

Jun. 5, 2020 5:53 AM EDT

LONDON -- British Airways is considering legal action against the U.K. government's plans to force anyone arriving into the country to quarantine themselves for 14 days in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Willie Walsh, the chief executive of International Airlines Group, which runs the British flag...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo a Maasai man, who said he had seen videos on Facebook about protests in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, jumps next to a new mural painted this week showing Floyd with the Swahili word

5 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 5, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH ECHOES GLOBALLY Floyd’s face has been painted on walls from Nairobi, Kenya to Idlib, Syria. His name has been inked on the shirts of pro soccer players and chanted by...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo a Maasai man, who said he had seen videos on Facebook about protests in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, jumps next to a new mural painted this week showing Floyd with the Swahili word

George Floyd’s death an American tragedy with global echoes

Jun. 5, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When black men died at the hands of U.S. police in recent years, the news made international headlines. The name of George Floyd has reached the world’s streets. Since his death while being detained by Minneapolis police last week, Floyd’s face has been painted on walls from...

In this photo taken Thursday, June 4, 2020, Margaret Awino, 54, who lost her job after 15 years as a cleaner for a charity, prepares raw chicken that she bought to fry in the street to earn some income, in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. Factories and stores are reopening and economies are reawakening but many jobs just aren't coming back - that's the harsh truth facing workers laid off because of the coronavirus around the U.S. and the world. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Despite reopening, some jobs lost to virus are gone for good

Jun. 5, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Factories and stores are reopening, economies are reawakening – but many jobs just aren’t coming back. That’s the harsh truth facing workers laid off around the U.S. and the world, from restaurants in Thailand to car factories in France, whose livelihoods fell victim to...

UN chief: COVID-19 compounds dire situation in Mali, Sahel

Jun. 5, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the coronavirus pandemic has compounded the "dire humanitarian and security situations” in Mali and Africa’s Sahel region. The U.N. chief said in a report to the Security Council obtained Thursday by The Associated Press that...

A medical worker wearing gear to protect against coronavirus infection disinfects a driver of his ambulance after escorting a patient to a hospital for COVID-19 patients in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Latest: Filipino leader says US unrest hurts virus fight

Jun. 4, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

MANILLA, Philippines — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says that he is glad “Filipinos are really law-abiding” and that the Philippines is not going through unrest like America, which would make the coronavirus quarantine enforcement formidable. Duterte made the remarks during a...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. A spokesman said late Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that forces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Libya have captured a key airport in Tripoli from rival troops attempting to take control of the capital for over a year. The fall of Tripoli International Airport came two days after the U.N. announced Libya’s warring parties agreed to resume cease-fire talks following weeks of heavy fighting. Since 2015, Libya has been divided between two governments, one in the east and one in the west. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Tripoli forces say they have ended siege of Libyan capital

Jun. 4, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied with Libya's U.N.-supported government said Thursday they regained control of all of Tripoli's entrance and exit points after taking back the airport, claiming that the siege by rival troops trying to capture the capital for over a year has effectively ended. The announcement...

Burundi court upholds disputed presidential election results

Jun. 4, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's constitutional court on Thursday upheld the results of last month's presidential election and rejected the complaints filed by opposition leader Agathon Rwasa, who had alleged widespread irregularities. The court upheld the win of ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. A statement from Hamdok’s office says deadly tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in the country's South Darfur province that erupted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and continued into Wednesday have since subsided. (AP Photo, File)

UN moves toward ending UN-AU peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur

Jun. 4, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to move toward ending the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s vast western Darfur region and replacing it with a civilian mission focusing on the country’s democratic transition. But the council did not set a...