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A photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows officer Shay Kellin Mikalonis. Edgar Samaniego, accused of shooting and critically wounding Mikalonis, is to remain jailed pending arraignment Friday, June 5, 2020, on attempted murder and weapon charges, the man's public defense lawyer said. Mikalonis, 29, underwent surgery for spine and head injuries after being hit in the back of the neck June 1 by a gunshot that officials say was fired from across Las Vegas Boulevard during a nighttime protest over the May 25 death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

The Latest: Man charged with shooting Las Vegas officer

Jun. 5, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Man charged with shooting officer during Las Vegas protest. — Expert warns tear gas could lead to spread of coronavirus. — South African president calls for “turning point” in addressing racism. — Tacoma, Washington, mayor orders firing of four officers...

Demonstrators observe a minute's silence in Canberra, Australia, on Friday, June 5, 2020 in memory of deaths in custody including George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Thousands gathered in Australia's capital to remind Australians that the racial inequality underscored by Floyd's death was not unique to the United States. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Australians rally for black lives, court bans bigger protest

Jun. 5, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thousands gathered in Canberra, Australia’s capital, on Friday to protest racial inequality in reaction to George Floyd's death in the United States, while a court effectively banned a larger rally planned for Sydney because of the coronavirus threat. The Canberra rally by...

South Korean protesters shout slogans during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 5, 2020. The signs read

Court rules against planned Sydney protest due to virus fear

Jun. 5, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian court sided with police in ruling Friday that a Black Lives Matter protest planned for Sydney poses too much risk for spreading the coronavirus and cannot be held. Thousands of people were expected to rally in Australia’s largest city on Saturday afternoon to honor George...

Health workers attend a training session on handling the coronavirus pandemic in villages in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

Jun. 4, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Canberra Airport opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travel. The proposal to restart flights connecting the two capitals was under discussion between the two...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2005, file photo, former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam holds up the original copy of his dismissal letter he received from then Governor-General Sir John Kerr on Nov. 11, 1975, at a book launch in Sydney, Australia. The High Court's majority decision in historian Jenny Hocking’s appeal on Friday, May 29, 2020 overturned lower court rulings that more than 200 letters between the monarch of Britain and Australia and Governor-General Sir John Kerr before he dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s government were personal and might never be made public. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Australian court rules queen's letters can be made public

May. 29, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court ruled on Friday to make public letters between Queen Elizabeth II and her representative that would reveal what knowledge she had, if any, of the dismissal of an Australian government in 1975. The High Court’s 6-1 majority decision in...

Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney speaks to the media during a press conference in Canberra, Wednesday, May 27, 2019. Australian police said that they had decided against charging a journalist over a newspaper article she wrote more than two years ago following a high-profile investigation that triggered a national storm over press freedom. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)

Australian police won't charge reporter after leak probe

May. 27, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police said Wednesday that they had decided against charging a journalist over a newspaper article she wrote more than two years ago following a high-profile investigation that triggered a national storm over press freedom. Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner...

A public tv screen shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking at a press conference Monday, May 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Abe announced the lift of a coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other remaining prefectures. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asia Today: South Korea to require masks on transit, flights

May. 25, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — South Koreans will be required to wear masks when using public transportation and taxis nationwide starting Tuesday as authorities look for more ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus as people increase their public activities. Health Ministry official Yoon Taeho on Monday said masks...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 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: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

People pass by wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as ride along a street in Beijing, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. China on Wednesday reported just two new cases of the coronavirus and no deaths. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: UN ups appeal to fight virus to $6.7 billion

May. 7, 2020 12:56 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: — UN increases amount of appeal to fight coronavirus to $6.7...