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Deputies investigate cross burning on bridge in Alabama

Jun. 5, 2020 6:19 AM EDT

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Deputies in Alabama are investigating a cross burning after a wooden cross lit ablaze was found by drivers passing alongside a bridge. The burning cross was first seen stationed on top of a bridge over Interstate 85 in Macon County Thursday night, Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson...

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)

Protesters rally for black lives, remind Australia of past

Jun. 5, 2020 5:59 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thousands gathered in Australia’s capital on Friday to remind Australians that the racial inequality underscored by George Floyd’s death was not unique to the United States. The Canberra rally that attracted 2,000 demonstrators comes before larger rallies are...

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...

A military Humvee blocks an intersection along K Street in downtown Washington as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Floyd death pushes military to face 'own demons' on race

Jun. 5, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of George Floyd in police hands has pushed the U.S. military to search its soul and to admit that, like the rest of America, it has fallen short on racial fairness. Although the military historically has prided itself on diversity, leaders acknowledge that black troops often are...

The gate of the Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency is seen in Tehran, Iran, Friday, June 5, 2020. The head of Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency has been convicted over publishing an article that quotes a former ambassador criticizing Tehran's

Iran news agency head convicted for interviewee's spy remark

Jun. 5, 2020 5:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency has been convicted over publishing an article that quotes a former ambassador criticizing Tehran's “arbitrary” intelligence operations in Europe, a journalism watchdog group said Friday. It was unclear what...

In this undated and unknown location photo made available by Human Rights Watch, Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a prominent Thai pro-democracy activist displays a common Thai protest, three-finger hand sign. The human rights group says Wanchalearm, a self-exiled political activist, has been abducted in Cambodia, raising concern that a mysterious campaign targeting anti-government exiles for disappearance or death may have been revived. Human Rights Watch via AP)

Rights group says another Thai dissident abducted in SE Asia

Jun. 5, 2020 4:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai dissident has been abducted in Cambodia, a human rights group said Friday, raising concern that a mysterious campaign targeting exiles for disappearance or death may have been revived. Armed men snatched Wanchalearm Satsaksit off the street in front of his apartment in the Cambodian...

This June, 1, 2020, image from video provided by Alissa Murray shows demonstrators protesting police brutality and racism encountering a line of armed bystanders as they march in Crown Point, Ind. Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land said the armed bystanders are protected under state law. (Alissa Murray via AP)

Armed bystanders watch Floyd protesters march in Indiana

Jun. 5, 2020 4:04 AM EDT

Protesters in a rural Indiana city who took to the streets to condemn racism and police killings of black people encountered bystanders who were holding rifles during the demonstration. A video that circulated on social media shows 21 people standing along a bike trail near downtown Crown Point, Indiana, watching...

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...

CORRECTS TO MEMORIAL SERVICE, NOT FUNERAL - George Floyd's casket carried to a hearse after a memorial service for Floyd at North Central University, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Protests shift to memorializing Floyd amid push for change

Jun. 5, 2020 3:59 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The tenor of the protests set off by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police has taken a turn from the explosive anger that has fueled the setting of fires, breaking of windows and other violence to a quiet, yet more forceful, grassroots call for more to be done to address racial...