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Images of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after being taken into police custody in Minneapolis, hang surrounded by roses on a security barrier outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, Saturday, May 30, 2020. A sign in Spanish reads:

Mexicans protest George Floyd-style police brutality case

Jun. 4, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As protests rock the United States over the death of George Floyd, anger built in Mexico on Thursday over its own police brutality case: a young man allegedly beaten to death after officers detained him for not wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic. An online campaign to...

Rain clouds hover over mountains during tropical storm Amanda in Barberena, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Cristobal weakens to depression, drenches Mexico Gulf coast

Jun. 4, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Cristobal weakened to a tropical depression Thursday as it moved inland from Mexico’s Gulf coast toward the Guatemalan border, bringing flooding and winds that have already caused the deaths of six people. The weakening came before a predicted turn northward toward the U.S. The...

A health worker collects material from Monica da Costa for a COVID-19 test in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Several members of the family where feeling symptoms and some already tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

UK vaccine summit calls for freely available virus vaccine

Jun. 4, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A vaccine summit hosted by Britain on Thursday raised billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries as experts wrestled with the difficult question of how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally — and fairly. The United Nations...

Dealers in masks wait for customers before the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel and casino, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after temporary closures as a precaution against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

Jun. 4, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — When Walt Disney World reopens next month for the first time since it closed due to the spread of the new coronavirus, there will be no parades, fireworks shows nor “meet-and-greet” sessions with performers dressed as Disney characters. Union official Eric Clinton told members...

Mexico seizes 2 tons of meth, 8 tons of marijuana, fentanyl

Jun. 4, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have seized a huge drug stash at a house in the border city of Tijuana, including about two tons of methamphetamine, eight tons of marijuana and 131,500 pills containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The Defense Department said Thursday that the haul included about 190...

Cemetery workers in a protective gear lower a coffin wrapped in plastic, containing a COVID-19 victim, into a gravesite at the San Lorenzo Tezonco Iztapalapa cemetery in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The coronavirus toll in Mexico soared to a new daily high Wednesday, more than double the previous one-day record. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexican president urges calm after jump in reported deaths

Jun. 4, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador asked the country to remain calm Thursday a day after health officials announced more than 1,000 new COVID-19 deaths, a figure that was more than double the previous toll reported in a single day. The reason for the sudden jump in...

A homeless Venezuelan migrant wearing a face mask as protection amid the new coronavirus sits by her tent near the main bus terminal in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Facing travel restrictions and no work due to the economic shut down to curb COVID-19, Venezuelan migrants here are waiting for help to get home. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Stranded Venezuelans build camp in Colombia amid pandemic

Jun. 4, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Out of work, broke and left with few good options during the pandemic, a growing number of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia have set up a makeshift camp on a tree-covered patch along a highway outside the capital of Bogota. Aside from 160 tents they've built out of black plastic and...

Puerto Rico: Delayed reports lead to 355 new COVID-19 cases

Jun. 4, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico on Thursday reported 485 new cases of the coronavirus, but officials say 355 of those correspond to April and early May and had not been shared with the government until now. The announcement drew criticism from many who say the government lifted a two-month...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 AM 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: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

Rain clouds hover over mountains during tropical storm Amanda in Barberena, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall on Mexico Gulf coast

Jun. 3, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Campeche on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain on the already soaked region ahead of an expected eventual turn toward the United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The Mexican army evacuated 138 people...