With cities wounded by days of violent unrest, America went into a new week with neighborhoods in shambles, urban streets on lockdown and shaken confidence about when its leaders will find the answers to control the mayhem amid unrelenting raw emotion over police killings of black people. All of it smashed into a nation already bludgeoned by a death toll that surged past 100,000 from the coronavirus pandemic and unemployment that soared to levels not seen since the Great Depression. Arrests have topped 4,400 according to an Associated Press tally.
Jon Gambrell, Associated Press | PostedMay 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.
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.
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.
Tom Odula, Associated Press | PostedMay 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.
Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press | PostedMay 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.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedMay 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.
Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press | PostedMay 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.”
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.
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.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedMay 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.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedMay 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.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the possibility Friday of meeting in person at the upcoming G-7 gathering in the United States — a session called into question by the global COVID-19 pandemic.