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In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, Rana, mother of Eyad Hallaq, arranges his room in their home in East Jerusalem's Wadi Joz. Early Saturday, Hallaq, a 32-year-old Palestinian with severe autism, was chased by Israeli border police forces into a nook in Jerusalem's Old City and fatally shot as he cowered next to a garbage bin after apparently being mistaken as an attacker. He was just a few meters from his beloved Elwyn El Quds school. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Killing of Palestinian man with autism draws Floyd parallel

Jun. 4, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Eyad Hallaq liked to watch cartoons. He loved dressing up and wearing cologne. He even dreamed of getting married. But his favorite activity was walking to school, where he volunteered in the kitchen, preparing meals for his fellow special-needs students. Early on Saturday, the 32-year-old...

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: UK official ill in Parliament tests negative

Jun. 4, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

LONDON -- British Business Secretary Alok Sharma has tested negative for the coronavirus after he fell ill while making a speech in the House of Commons. Sharma took a test Wednesday after feeling unwell during the speech, when he was seen sweating profusely and wiping his brow on a regular basis. His illness...

FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo provided courtesy of the White family, shows U.S. Navy veteran Michael White in Mashhad, Iran. White, a Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years, has been released and is on his way home as part of an unusual agreement to free an Iranian-American physician who was prosecuted in the United States, U.S. officials said Thursday, June 4. (Courtesy of the White Family via AP)

Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal

Jun. 4, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and started making his way home as part of a prisoner deal involving an American-Iranian doctor prosecuted in the United States, U.S. officials said Thursday. The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, flew to...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, ahead of a televised interview at the hauptstadtstudio (Capital city studio) of public broadcaster ARD in Berlin, Thursday June 4, 2020. (John MacDougall/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Germany's Merkel hopes calm protests unify US

Jun. 4, 2020 2:04 PM 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: — Generally peaceful protests in Portland, New Orleans. — US Cardinal at Vatican to lead prayer for Floyd. — Gov....

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 1:33 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...

Enis Berberoglu, a legislator of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, speaks at a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Turkey's parliament on Thursday stripped three opposition party deputies, including Berberoglu, of their legislative seats, setting off a raucous protest inside the assembly hall by colleagues who accused the ruling party of an assault on democracy. (AP Photo)

Turkey strips 3 legislators of seats, setting off protest

Jun. 4, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday stripped three opposition party deputies of their legislative seats, setting off a raucous protest inside the assembly hall by colleagues who accused the ruling party of an assault on democracy. Deputy speaker Sureyya Sadi Bilgic read out appeals...

An Ethiopian domestic worker cries as she waits with dozens of others outside the Ethiopian consulate, some inquiring about flights home, others stranded after they were abandoned by employers who claimed they could no longer afford to pay their salaries, in Hazmieh, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Some 180,000 domestic workers in Lebanon, most of them female from Ethiopia, are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Ethiopian domestic workers stranded in crisis-hit Lebanon

Jun. 4, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of domestic workers gathered outside the Ethiopian Consulate in Beirut on Thursday, some inquiring about flights home, others stranded after they were abandoned by employers who claimed they could no longer afford to pay their salaries. About 180,000 domestic workers in Lebanon, most...

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...

US officials: US Navy veteran Michael White freed by Iran, has departed country on Swiss government aircraft

Jun. 4, 2020 10:16 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials: US Navy veteran Michael White freed by Iran, has departed country on Swiss government aircraft.

Flooding from heavy seasonal rains leaves 16 dead in Yemen

Jun. 4, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Floods swept through Yemen amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving at least 16 people dead and flooding dozens of homes, security officials said Thursday. The casualties were reported in eastern Hadramawt and southern Shabwa provinces, where it began raining late Wednesday, said the...