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People queue up outside the DHL Express store in Hong Kong, Monday, June 1, 2020. Throngs of people lined up at DHL courier outlets across the city on Monday, many to send documents to the U.K. to apply for or renew what is known as a British National (Overseas) passport. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong blocks Tiananmen vigil; rush on for UK passports

Jun. 1, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police rejected an application Monday by organizers for an annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary this week of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as residents rushed to apply for passports that could allow them to move to the United Kingdom It would be the first time...

People protest the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Indianapolis. The protest comes after a series of prominent black deaths that have inflamed racial tensions across the United States.(Kelly Wilkinson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

Indianapolis imposes curfew after 2 nights of violence

May. 31, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis mayor imposed an overnight curfew Sunday after two nights of violent protest over police mistreatment of African Americans that caused widespread damage downtown and included several shootings. Two people died in shootings, though it wasn't clear their deaths were...

A City of Phoenix worker stands near graffiti at a bus stop, Friday, May 29, in Phoenix, in the aftermath of a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in police custody Monday with much of the arrest captured on video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix, Tucson downtown protests appear largely peaceful

May. 31, 2020 2:52 AM EDT

Protesters marched the streets of downtown Phoenix and Tucson Saturday after the cities' leaders implored them to refrain from violence. The marches appeared to be largely peaceful, according to local media reports. On Saturday night, however, Phoenix police had to defend the department's headquarters. Shortly...

Protesters run as police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests

May. 31, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the 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: ___ INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating “multiple shootings,” including one that left a person dead, in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday...

Pro-China supporters hold the effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese national flag outside the U.S. Consulate during a protest, in Hong Kong, Saturday, May 30, 2020. President Donald Trump has announced a series of measures aimed at China as a rift between the two countries grows. He said Friday that he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong's special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government. The placard reads

China says US action on Hong Kong 'doomed to fail'

May. 30, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The mouthpiece newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party said that the U.S. decision to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong “grossly interferes” in China’s internal affairs and is “doomed to fail.” The Hong Kong government called President...

Attorney General William Barr crosses Pennsylvania Avenue NW from the Department of Justice building, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Washington. Barr said on Saturday Barr said that while it's up to state and local leadership to halt the violence, the Department of Justice would support their efforts and take

Officials blame differing groups of 'outsiders' for violence

May. 30, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As protests over the death of George Floyd grow in cities across the U.S., government officials have been warning of the “outsiders” -- groups of organized rioters they say are flooding into major cities not to call for justice but to cause destruction. But the state and...

In this May 29, 2020, photo, a police officer grabs a protester during a rally calling for an end to police violence and justice for George Floyd in Detroit. (Nicole Hester/Mlive.com/Ann Arbor News via AP)

Chief: Most arrested at Detroit protest are not from city

May. 30, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

Nearly two-thirds of the 60 people arrested Friday night during protests in downtown Detroit over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis were from the city’s predominantly white suburbs. Thirty-seven of those taken into custody were from places like Warren, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield and even...

An Afghan security forces member inspects a bus carrying local TV station employees that hit a roadside bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Official: Bomb in Afghan capital targeted TV bus, 2 dead

May. 30, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bus belonging to a local TV station was hit by a roadside bomb Saturday in the capital Kabul, killing two employees, said a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry. Four other employees were wounded in the attack, said Marwa Amini, ministry deputy spokeswoman. No one immediately...

In this May 29, 2020, photo, a check-cashing business burns during protests in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Officer charged with George Floyd's death as protests flare

May. 30, 2020 1:55 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The white Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with murder, and crowds broke overnight curfews imposed to try to stem violent protests over police killings of African Americans that have...

Police hold off protesters for Breonna Taylor, early Friday, May 29, 2020 in Louisville, Ky.  Taylor,  a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March. (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)

Mother of Louisville police shooting victim calls for peace

May. 29, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking to defuse anger after gunfire wounded at least seven people at a protest in Louisville, the mother of a black woman killed by police urged protesters Friday to continue demanding justice but do so “without hurting each other." Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear read the...