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Demonstrators gather at a rally to peacefully protest and demand an end to institutional racism and police brutality, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Protests large but peaceful after new charges in Floyd case

Jun. 4, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Demonstrations across the U.S. to condemn racism and police abuses remained large but mostly without the violence of previous nights on the eve of a Thursday memorial service for George Floyd that kicks off a series of events to mourn the man whose death empowered a national movement. ...

Lawmakers attend the commemorative parliamentary session marking the centenary of the Trianon Peace Treaty in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Hungary is commemorating the 100th anniversary of a post-World War I peace treaty which led to the loss of about two-thirds of its territory and left some 3.3 million Hungarians outside the country's new borders. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)

On WWI treaty's centenary, Hungary says its 'curse' must go

Jun. 4, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president on Thursday stressed the need for mutual respect between Hungary and neighboring countries where some 2 million ethnic Hungarians live following a post-World War I peace treaty signed exactly 100 years ago. At the same time, Janos Ader spoke of Hungarians'...

FILE - In this Friday, May 29, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks during a news conference in St. Paul, Minn., as he talks about the unrest in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. Democratic governors say they want a bipartisan statement from all governors opposing President Donald Trump's threatened deployment of the U.S. military to quell unrest stemming from protests over the death of George Floyd. (Glenn Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: Gov. Walz sends National Guard to western border

Jun. 4, 2020 9:27 AM 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: — Minneapolis officials estimate damage at $55 million, ask aid to rebuild. — Citing virus restrictions, Norway refuses...

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...

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The Latest: France nixes Bastille Day parade for ceremony

Jun. 4, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

French troops won’t march on the Champs-Elysees avenue on Bastille Day this year. The French presidency says the traditional military parade will be replaced with a Paris ceremony where health precautions will be observed due to the coronavirus pandemic. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants...

Tear gas floats in the air as a line of police move demonstrators away from St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House, as they gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies tear gas use despite evidence

Jun. 4, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and some of his supporters are claiming authorities did not use tear gas against people in a crackdown outside the White House this week. There's evidence they did. Law enforcement officials shy away from describing crowd-dispersing chemical tools as tear gas; it...

FILE - In this May 21, 2017, file photo, Gwen Berry, of the United States, competes in the women's hammer throw at the Golden Grand Prix athletics meet in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. Berry captured headlines last year when she used her turn on the gold-medal podium at the Pan-Am Games to raise her fist as a show of her frustration with America’s treatment of blacks. Her gesture, to say nothing of the punishment that came afterward, are all being seen in a new light these days, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Berry 'disappointed' with USOPC in aftermath of Floyd death

Jun. 4, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

As it turns out, the hard part for U.S. Olympian Gwen Berry hasn’t started yet. The raised fist at the Pan-Am Games last summer, along with the public shaming she received from Olympic authorities afterward, and the wondering what might happen if she were to use her platform at the now-postponed Tokyo...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, Juan Santos stocks shelves at the Presidente Supermarket in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  The U.S. government is set to issue its latest report on the layoffs that have left millions unemployed but have steadily slowed as many businesses have begun to reopen and to rehire some laid-off workers.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

Jun. 4, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.9 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that many employers are still cutting jobs even as the gradual reopening of businesses has slowed the pace of layoffs. The total number of people who are receiving jobless aid rose slightly to 21.5...

Activists chant slogans during a gathering to mourn those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Thursday, June 4, 2020. China is tightening controls over dissidents while pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong and elsewhere try to mark the 31st anniversary of the crushing of the pro-democracy movement in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen anniversary, defying a police ban

Jun. 4, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. With democracy all but snuffed out in mainland...

FILE -- In this Thursday, March 12, 2020 file photo the President of European Central Bank Christine Lagarde looks up prior to a press conference following a meeting of the ECB governing council in Frankfurt, Germany. The European Central Bank has boosted its pandemic emergency support program by 600 billion euros to 1.35 trillion euros ($1.5 trillion) in an effort to keep affordable credit flowing to the economy during the steep downturn caused by the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

European Central Bank nearly doubles pandemic support scheme

Jun. 4, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has boosted its pandemic emergency support program by an unexpectedly large 600 billion euros to 1.35 trillion euros ($1.5 trillion) in an effort to keep affordable credit flowing to the economy during the steep downturn caused by the virus outbreak. The...