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Tennessee National Guard troops board a plane in Smyrna, Tenn., to go to Washington Thursday, June 4, 2020. They are being sent to help with security during protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Lee: National Guard faces 'tremendous challenge' in DC

Jun. 4, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee National Guard troops face a “tremendous challenge” as they head to the nation’s capital at the request of President Donald Trump to help quell protests that have arisen in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Gov. Bill Lee told troops on Thursday. ...

Artist Karla Burner, right, paints a mural on plywood covering the shattered window of a mattress store that was damaged during protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in La Mesa, Calif. California authorities are praising thousands of peaceful protesters who have thronged streets but they also have filed criminal charges against more than 100 people accused of looting and violence. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

National Guard deploys to strife-ridden San Diego suburb

Jun. 4, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

LA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The California National Guard sent 200 troops to San Diego County to try to prevent violence three days after arsonists and people stealing from businesses destroyed much of a suburb's quaint downtown area. Troops moved into La Mesa Wednesday night to protect police headquarters and...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Jun. 4, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not only drawing criticism from his usual political foes but also facing backtalk from his defense secretary, his former Pentagon chief and a growing number of fellow Republicans. A day after Defense Secretary Mark Esper shot down Trump's idea of using...

Missouri National Guard sending 300 troops to D.C.

Jun. 4, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The leader of the Missouri National Guard said 300 troops on Thursday will head to Washington, D.C. to help local law enforcement with civil unrest. Adjutant General Levon Cumpton said the District of Columbia National Guard requested Missouri's help and will pay any related...

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, center, and Mayor Jim Kenney, 4th left, meet with people, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Philadelphia after days of protest over the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Cities see protests rage on as Wolf vows changes to policing

Jun. 4, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Large protests over police treatment of black people arose in Pittsburgh and Bethlehem on Thursday, while Philadelphia braced for more marches and demonstrations on the night before some pandemic-related restrictions will end in the city. Marchers wove their way through Pittsburgh...

Demonstrators walk along Pennsylvania Avenue as a line of police and military vehicles drive as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Active-duty troops deployed to DC region start to leave

Jun. 4, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several hundred active-duty troops brought in to help if needed with the civil unrest in the nation’s capitol are leaving Washington, D.C. Thursday, just a day after their initially planned departure was abruptly delayed. The soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division have been kept...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Jun. 4, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using active-duty troops to quell protests across the United States, and former military leaders are going after him, too, in an extraordinary clash between the U.S. military and its commander in chief. Both Trump and...

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 3:49 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...

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...

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...