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A woman holds up a banner as people gather in Trafalgar Square in central London on Sunday, May 31, 2020 to protest against the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis that has led to protests across the US. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

World uneasily watches US protests but US racism seen before

May. 31, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Nations around the world have watched in horror at the five days of civil unrest in the United States following the death of a black man being detained by police. But they have not been surprised. Racism-tinged events no longer startle even America’s closest allies, though many have...

Israeli police officers secure the area of Lion's gate in Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian near Jerusalem's Old City who they had suspected was carrying a weapon but turned out to be unarmed. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli defense minister apologizes for Palestinian's death

May. 31, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister apologized on Sunday for the Israeli police's deadly shooting of an unarmed Palestinian man who was autistic. The shooting of Iyad Halak, 32, in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday, drew broad condemnations and revived complaints alleging excessive force by Israeli...

Ethiopia calls for talks to address Sudan border incident

May. 31, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says a recent violent incident that flared up along the border with Sudan should be addressed by diplomatic discussions. A statement by Ethiopia's foreign ministry on Sunday came after Sudan summoned Ethiopia’s diplomat in Khartoum over the cross-border attack...

Families with their children play along the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Spanish authorities are reporting no setbacks in their gradual easing of restrictions on movement over this past month, as some regions prepare to further loosen limits from June 1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Latest: Spanish PM wants state of emergency extension

May. 31, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Pope greets people in St. Peter’s Square....

FILE - Protesters demonstrate against the the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in New York. The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have elevated fears of a new surge in cases of the coronavirus. Images showing thousands of screaming, unmasked protesters have sent shudders through the health community, who worry their calls for social distancing during the demonstrations are unlikely to be heard.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Massive US protests raise fears of new virus outbreaks

May. 31, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta, one of dozens of U.S. cities hit by massive protests in recent days, has a message for demonstrators: “If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week.” As more beaches, churches, schools and businesses...

Egypt officials say 19 militants, 5 troops killed in Sinai

May. 31, 2020 7:51 AM EDT

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — The Egyptian military said it has killed at least 19 militants in raids and airstrikes against an Islamic insurgency in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, in clashes that also left at least five casualties among its troops. Col. Tamer el-Rifai said in his statement late...

A muslim man pray next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, May 31, 2020.The Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, reopened early Sunday, following weeks of closure aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem amid virus woes

May. 31, 2020 4:36 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tens of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened Sunday for the first time in more than two months, with worshipers ordered to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as Islam's holiest site in Mecca remained closed to the public. The...

Rana, mother of Iyad Halak, 32, holds his photo at their home in East Jerusalem's Wadi Joz, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian near Jerusalem's Old City who they had suspected was carrying a weapon but turned out to be unarmed. A relative said Halak was mentally disabled and was heading to a nearby school for people with special needs. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli forces kill unarmed autistic Palestinian man

May. 31, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police shot dead an unarmed autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday after saying they suspected he was carrying a weapon. The shooting drew broad condemnations and revived complaints alleging excessive force by Israeli security forces. On social media, some...

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

May. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea reports 27 new virus cases, including 21 from...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, serves to John Millman, of Australia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. A high-ranking official for the U.S. Open tells the Associated Press that if the Grand Slam tennis tournament is held in 2020, she expects it to be at its usual site in New York and in its usual dates starting in August.  (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

US Open plan in works, including group flights, COVID tests

May. 30, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

Charter flights to ferry U.S. Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. Negative COVID-19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks. No spectators. Fewer on-court officials. No locker-room access on practice days. All are...