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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 6th - 12:49pm

Hundreds of mourners are paying respects to George Floyd in his North Carolina hometown while the nation’s capital prepares for what is expected to be the city’s largest demonstration against police brutality yet. Military vehicles and officers in fatigues closed off much of downtown Washington to traffic ahead of the planned march. It was expected to attract up to 200,000 people outraged by Floyd’s death 12 days ago at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Large protests also took place across the U.S. and in major cities overseas, including London, Paris, Berlin and Sydney, Australia.

German police detain 11 from alleged child sex abuse ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 6th - 11:09am

German police have detained 11 people suspected of involvement in the sexual abuse of at least three children, officials said Saturday.

OPEC, allied nations agree to extend cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil a day through end of July to boost prices

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 6th - 10:42am

OPEC, allied nations agree to extend cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil a day through end of July to boost prices.

German lawmakers criticize reported US troop withdrawal plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 6th - 4:16am

Two conservative German lawmakers have criticized the reported U.S. decision to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops stationed in Germany.

Pandemic makes for a lonely D-Day observance in Normandy

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 6th - 12:47am

At daybreak on Saturday, Charles Shay stood lonesome without any fellow veteran on the very same beach where he waded ashore 76 years ago, part of one of the most epic battles in military history that came to be known as D-Day and turned the tide of World War II.

Sahel force fighting terrorism faces growing threat

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 11:59pm

Mauritania’s foreign minister said Friday the five-nation African force fighting terrorism in the Sahel is facing a growing security threat sweeping the region that is not only local but a global problem that demands an international response.

Japan advocate for daughter, others abducted to NKorea dies

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 11:03pm

Shigeru Yokota, a Japanese campaigner for the return of his daughter and more than a dozen others who were abducted to North Korea in the 1970s, has died. He was 87.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 10:40pm

A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Saturday, spawning a tornado in Florida and bringing the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Cristobal’s maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 kph) and is forecast to  close in on the U.S. Gulf Coast by Sunday night. The storm already made its presence felt Saturday evening, spawning a tornado that touched down near downtown Orlando. The twister just missed a group of protesters at Lake Eola at around 7:30 p.m. There appeared to be no injuries, but tree limbs were knocked down, and there were reports of power outages.

North Korea threatens to shut liaison office with South

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 9:04pm

In the latest blow for inter-Korean cooperation, North Korea threatened to permanently shut a liaison office with South Korea as it continued to condemn its rival for failing to prevent activists from sending anti-North Korean leaflets across the border.

Protests support Floyd, Black Lives Matter on 4 continents

John Leicester and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 8:51pm

Tens of thousands of people gathered Saturday in cities far from the United States to express anger over the death of George Floyd, a sign that the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality is resonating with wider calls to address racism from Australia to Europe.

French forces kill al-Qaida's North African commander

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 4:11pm

French forces have killed Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate, the France’s defense minister announced late Friday, in what would be a major victory for France after years of battling jihadists in the Sahel.

US shares proposal to extend Iran arms embargo with Russia

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 3:46pm

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said Friday she has shared a draft U.N. Security Council resolution with Russia that would extend the arms embargo against Iran indefinitely.

French military says it killed commander of al-Qaida's North Africa branch in long-awaited victory

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 3:10pm

French military says it killed commander of al-Qaida's North Africa branch in long-awaited victory.

UN seeking Mideast mediators meeting on Israel-Palestinians

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 2:04pm

The U.N. Mideast envoy is trying to arrange a meeting of key global mediators to discuss prospects and threats to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the United Nations said Friday.

3 Mexican police officers arrested for alleged beating death

MarÍa Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 1:00pm

Authorities in western Mexico arrested three police officers, including the commissioner, and took over their local police department Friday in connection with the alleged beating death of a man in police custody.

Thousands in Mali's capital demand that president step down

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:45pm

Thousands of people demonstrated in Mali's capital on Friday to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Cristobal regains tropical storm force, on a track for U.S. Gulf Coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:04pm

Cristobal regains tropical storm force, on a track for U.S. Gulf Coast.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:50 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 10:49am

President Donald Trump invoked George Floyd’s name as he delivered remarks trumpeting the latest unemployment numbers, which showed the U.S. economy unexpectedly adding 2.5 million jobs last month. Trump mentioned equal justice under the law means everyone needs to receive fair treatment. He referenced Floyd, whose death in police custody has sparked protests across the world. Trump says, “Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country." Trump is calling an improving economy “the greatest thing that can happen for race relations.”

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

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 9:30am

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.