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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 6:53am

Authorities say the driver of a semitrailer who rolled into the midst of thousands of people marching on a closed Minneapolis freeway over the death of George Floyd has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Authorities say it appeared no one was hurt Sunday, but some witnesses say a handful of people who were on Interstate 35W near downtown Minneapolis sought medical attention on their own. Officials initially said the truck appeared to have been on the freeway before barriers were put up to close it down, but State Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said at a later briefing that the truck went around a traffic barrier to stay on the road.

Hong Kong blocks Tiananmen vigil; rush on for UK passports

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 5:42am

Hong Kong police rejected an application Monday by organizers for an annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary this week of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as residents rushed to apply for passports that could allow them to move to the United Kingdom

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 10:40pm

After six straight days of unrest, America heads into a new work week with neighborhoods in shambles, urban streets on lockdown and political leaders struggling to control the coast-to-coast outpouring of rage over police killings of black people. Despite curfews in big cities across the U.S. and the deployment of thousands of National Guard soldiers over the past week, demonstrations descended into violence again on Sunday.

Long-haul carrier Emirates says it fires staff amid virus

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 10:14am

Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates said Sunday it fired an undisclosed number of employees as the coronavirus pandemic has halted global aviation, becoming the latest Mideast airline to shed staff over the outbreak.

Ethiopia and Sudan urge cooperation to stop border violence

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 7:00am

Ethiopia says a recent violent incident that flared up along the border with Sudan should be addressed by diplomatic discussions.

Notre Dame forecourt opens to public after long cleanup

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 6:33am

Notre Dame Cathedral's forecourt is being opened up to the public for the first time since the devastating fire of April 15 last year.

Israeli defense minister apologizes for Palestinian's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 3:36am

Israel's defense minister apologized on Sunday for the Israeli police's deadly shooting of an unarmed Palestinian man who was autistic.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 10:40pm

Protesters started fires near the White House as tensions with police mounted during a third straight night of demonstrations held in response to the death of George Floyd at police hands in Minnesota. An hour before the 11 p.m. curfew, police fired a major barrage of tear gas stun grenades into the crowd of more than 1,000 people, largely clearing Lafayette Park across the street from the White House and scattering protesters into the street. Protesters piled up road signs and plastic barriers and lit a raging fire in the middle of H Street. Some pulled an American flag from a nearby building and threw it into the blaze. 

Israeli forces kill unarmed autistic Palestinian man

Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 12:39pm

Israeli police shot dead an unarmed autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday after saying they suspected he was carrying a weapon.

Congo militia leader arrested in 2017 murders of UN experts

Jean-Yves Kamale, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 9:41am

A Congolese militia leader accused of involvement in the murder of an American citizen and a Swedish national working with the United Nations has been arrested more than three years after their brutal slayings, a prosecutor said Saturday.

Kenya: Police kill 2 children, fetus trying to catch suspect

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 5:44am

Two children and and an unborn child were killed in a Kenyan police operation aimed at detaining a family member, a human rights group said Saturday. Police confirmed the children’s deaths and asserted they were used as “human shields" by the man, whom they called a suspected Islamic extremist with an al-Qaida linked group.

Italy's seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water

Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted May 30th - 1:30am

Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide survey of seawater quality indicate.

UN adopts new voting procedure during COVID-19 pandemic

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:47pm

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a new voting procedure Friday for the upcoming election of new members of the Security Council aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

China says US action on Hong Kong 'doomed to fail'

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:36pm

The mouthpiece newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party said that the U.S. decision to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong “grossly interferes” in China’s internal affairs and is “doomed to fail.”

Street dog helps see Chinese nurse through virus traumas

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:22pm

Zhang Dan was among the first to respond to the call for help in China's coronavirus epicenter. The 36-year-old nurse worked through grueling days, ministering to patients who needed assistance from breathing to merely eating.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:40pm

The Los Angeles mayor has asked for National Guard troops as violence continues in the nation's second-largest city. Mayor Eric Garcetti says Saturday evening he asked Gov. Gavin Newsom for 500 to 700 members of the Guard. The mayor imposed a curfew on the city after crowds torched police cars and burglarized stores.Everyone was ordered to be off the streets until 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Clashes between protesters and lines of police officers after an initially peaceful gathering. More than 500 people were arrested during clashes downtown Friday night. The new violence is centered about 6 miles to the west. 

UN extends arms embargo and other sanctions in South Sudan

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:42pm

The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Friday extending for a year an arms embargo on South Sudan and a travel ban and financial sanctions for targeted individuals, with Russia, China and South Africa abstaining.

UN announces first 2 deaths of UN peacekeepers from COVID-19

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 7:50pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday announced the deaths of the first two U.N. peacekeepers from COVID-19.

US and China clash over Hong Kong laws at closed UN meeting

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:02pm

The United States and United Kingdom clashed with China and Russia over Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong during closed Security Council discussions on Friday that reflected increasing U.S.-China tensions.