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Wichita State cancels Ivanka Trump's speech to tech school

Jun. 5, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas technical school canceled plans for Ivanka Trump to give a virtual commencement speech to graduates because of criticism of President Donald Trump’s response to protests over the death of George Floyd. Administrators at Wichita State University and WSU Tech announced...

FILE - In this June 3, 2020 file photo members of the District of Columbia Army National Guard stand guard at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington securing the area as protests continue following the death of George Floyd, a who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. An Ohio National Guardsman was removed from policing protests in Washington D.C. after the FBI found he expressed white supremacist ideology online, Gov. Mike DeWine announced in a briefing Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

FBI: National Guardsman expressed white supremacist ideology

Jun. 5, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

An Ohio National Guardsman was removed from policing protests in Washington D.C. after the FBI found he expressed white supremacist ideology online, Gov. Mike DeWine announced in a briefing Friday. The state had sent 100 National Guard soldiers to the nation’s capital Tuesday at the request of Secretary...

In this Sept. 19, 2017, photo, Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last British governor, listens to questions at The Foreign Correspondents' Club to promote his new book in Hong Kong. Patten, is urging protesters in Hong Kong not to “lose faith” as Beijing appears to be tightening its control of the semi-autonomous city. The former British colony was returned to China under a “one country, two systems” framework that gives it greater freedoms. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Hong Kong's last British leader: China's agenda 'Orwellian'

Jun. 5, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The last British governor of Hong Kong criticized the Chinese government on Friday over proposed national security legislation, calling it part of an “Orwellian" drive to eliminate opposition in violation of the agreement on handing the territory over to Beijing. Chris Patten...

Man who charged New York protesters with knife claw arrested

Jun. 4, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man seen on video charging protesters in New York while wearing a glove with four long, serrated-edged blades surrendered to authorities, the Queens district attorney said Thursday night. People were peacefully gathering on the overpass above the Cross Island Parkway when Frank...

Pan-democratic legislator Chan Chi-chuen holding a placard reading

On Tiananmen anniversary, Hong Kong bans insults to anthem

Jun. 4, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. It passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting...

FILE - In this July 29, 2010, file photo, South Korean conservative activists launch balloons  carrying leaflets denouncing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a rally in Hwacheon, South Korea. South Korea says it plans to push new laws to ban activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border after North Korea threatened to end an inter-Korean military agreement reached in 2018 to reduce tensions if Seoul fails to prevent the protests. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Seoul vows to stop border protests after Pyongyang's threat

Jun. 4, 2020 3:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it planned to push new laws to ban activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border after North Korea threatened to end an inter-Korean military agreement reached in 2018 to reduce tensions if Seoul fails to prevent the protests. The...

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...

Police used tear gas and stun grenades on a group of protesters in downtown Portland on Tuesday night, June 2, 2020.  Protests continued for a sixth night in Portland, demonstrating over the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

Portland, Oregon, city of protest, reels from nightly chaos

Jun. 3, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — This liberal city is known — and prepared — for protests that can descend into chaos, but even it is reeling from the nightly unrest splintering off peaceful demonstrations over police killings of African Americans. Portland's visibly frustrated police chief on Wednesday...

Associated Press videojournalist Robert Bumsted reminds a police officer that the press are considered “essential workers

Journalists wage legal fights after facing protest attacks

Jun. 3, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Journalists alarmed by dozens of incidents where reporters were shot at, manhandled, gassed or arrested while covering demonstrations touched off by the death of Minnesota man George Floyd are fighting back legally. A freelance journalist, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jun. 3, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 3 The Charlotte Observer on President Donald Trump moving the Republican National Convention because North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won’t commit to relaxing strict social distancing regulations: For those who’ve long wanted...