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In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

May. 30, 2020 5:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African...

A police officer watches a crowd as a police vehicle burns near Fort Greene Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York after protesters rallied outside Barclays Center over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Memorial Day while in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes

May. 30, 2020 5:29 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency early Saturday to activate the state National Guard as violence flared in Atlanta and cities nationwide following the death in Minnesota of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody....

People march from the George Floyd vigil at Peninsula Park towards the Justice Center downtown in Portland, Friday, March 29, 2020.  After hours of largely peaceful demonstrations, violence escalated late Friday in downtown Portland, as hundreds of people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing of a black man George Floyd.(Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Floyd protesters set fires in Portland, police declare riot

May. 30, 2020 5:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters broke into the police headquarters in Portland, Oregon, Friday night and authorities said they lit a fire inside as a rally over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned violent. Blazes continued to burn early Saturday morning in multiple locations in downtown,...

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: Russia records nearly 9,000 new virus cases

May. 30, 2020 5:18 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: — Egypt orders its people to wear face masks in public...

FILE - In this Monday, May 11, 2020, file photo, Nepalese students shout slogans during a protest against the Indian government inaugurating a new road through a disputed territory between India and Nepal, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal's latest border dispute with India, that has strained relations between the two South Asian countries with centuries-old historical, cultural and economical ties, has brought tiny Himalayan nation's bickering political parties together in a rare show of unity. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

Nepal's parties show rare unity on border dispute with India

May. 30, 2020 5:05 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — While Nepal's latest border dispute with India has strained relations between South Asian neighbors with centuries-old historical, cultural and economic ties, it also has brought the tiny Himalayan nation's bickering political parties together in a rare show of unity. The opposition...

Demonstrators kneel before police Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Thousands ignore Minneapolis curfew as U.S. protests spread

May. 30, 2020 5:04 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of protesters ignored a curfew and vows of a forceful police response to take to the Minneapolis streets for a fourth straight night, as the anger stoked by the police killing of George Floyd spread to more cities across the U.S. The Pentagon on Saturday ordered the Army to put...

Aircrafts of the German airline Lufthansa are parked at the airport in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Germany on Monday approved a 9 billion-euro ($9.8 billion) aid package for stricken airline Lufthansa to keep a major employer going through the turbulence of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

$10 billion bailout for Germany's Lufthansa passes hurdle

May. 30, 2020 4:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German flagship airline Lufthansa agreed Saturday to a compromise worked out between the government and the European Union, overcoming a major hurdle toward final approval of a 9 billion-euro ($10 billion) bailout from Berlin. Lufthansa said in a statement it had agreed to the compromise...

Chancellor Angela Merkel steps out of a minibus as she arrives for a parliament session at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Friday, May 29, 2020. Because of the coronavirus crisis the Merkel is chauffeured in a minibus in order to keep the distance rules. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

Merkel won't attend G7 summit in person if US goes ahead

May. 30, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel will not personally attend a meeting in the U.S. with the leaders of the world’s major economies if President Donald Trump goes ahead with it, unless the course of the coronavirus spread changes by then, her office said Saturday. After canceling the Group of...

Demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington, near the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Crowds protest Floyd killing and Trump outside White House

May. 30, 2020 4:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered outside the White House late Friday to protest the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis — and President Donald Trump’s response. Protesters hurled pieces of bricks, bottles and other objects at Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers...

Protesters stand in front of Kentucky State Police officers as they protest the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Louisville PD apologizes for targeting news crew at protest

May. 30, 2020 3:44 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A police officer was seen on camera firing what appeared to be pepper balls at a news crew during a live television broadcast of the second night of Louisville protests, prompting an apology from the Louisville Metro Police Department. A crew from WAVE-TV was downtown in the Kentucky...