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German bomb experts defuse WWII-era bomb in Frankfurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 8:53am

A World War II bomb discovered in the grounds of Frankfurt's convention center was defused on Friday after around 2,700 people were asked to leave their homes, the fire service said.

Pakistani couple suspected of killing 8-year-old maid

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 6:38am

Police arrested a Pakistani businessman and his wife who are suspected of beating to death their 8-year-old maid after she inadvertently opened a cage to feed the couple's parrots and the birds flew away, an officer said Friday.

UN says eastern Congo fighting has killed 1,300 civilians

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 5:32am

Various conflicts involving armed groups and government forces in Congo have killed more than 1,300 civilians in the past eight months and violence has surged in recent weeks in eastern provinces, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday.

Rights group says another Thai dissident abducted in SE Asia

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 1:57am

A Thai dissident has been abducted in Cambodia, a human rights group said Friday, raising concern that a mysterious campaign targeting exiles for disappearance or death may have been revived.

Surgical or homemade, masks mark a major shift in thinking

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:11am

Think about Hannibal Lecter, the psychopathic cannibal in the “Silence of The Lambs." Or Jason Voorhees, the hockey mask-wearing murderer in the “Friday the 13th" slasher film series.

Sri Lankan cafe owner feeds and shelters stranded tourists

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 12:03am

The tourists came to see the magical waterfalls and mountain views of the lowland jungle and rainforest. But then the pandemic hit, and they were stranded in Sri Lanka.

UN chief: COVID-19 compounds dire situation in Mali, Sahel

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 11:27pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the coronavirus pandemic has compounded the "dire humanitarian and security situations” in Mali and Africa’s Sahel region.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 10:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 10:40pm

Stocks are rushing higher in early trading Friday after a stunningly good report on the U.S. job market gave Wall Street’s recent rally another shot of adrenaline. The S&P 500 was up 2.2% after the government said that employers added 2.5 million workers to their payrolls last month. Economists were expecting them instead to slash another 8 million jobs. While economists cautioned that it’s just one month of data and could be giving false hope, the report gives credence to the building optimism among stock investors that the economy can recover relatively quickly from its current hole. 

Mexico seizes 2 tons of meth, 8 tons of marijuana, fentanyl

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 12:40pm

Mexican soldiers have seized a huge drug stash at a house in the border city of Tijuana, including about two tons of methamphetamine, eight tons of marijuana and 131,500 pills containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Stranded Venezuelans build camp in Colombia amid pandemic

Cesar Garcia, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 10:52am

Out of work, broke and left with few good options during the pandemic, a growing number of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia have set up a makeshift camp on a tree-covered patch along a highway outside the capital of Bogota.

Killing of Palestinian man with autism draws Floyd parallel

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 10:00am

Eyad Hallaq liked to watch cartoons. He loved dressing up and wearing cologne. He even dreamed of getting married. But his favorite activity was walking to school, where he volunteered in the kitchen, preparing meals for his fellow special-needs students.

Landslide in Arctic Norway sweeps away 8 homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 9:45am

Jan Egil Bakkedal had just prepared himself a sandwich when he heard a huge noise and realized that it was a landslide after which he ran out and filmed it from a nearby hill in Arctic Norway.

Puerto Rico: Delayed reports lead to 355 new COVID-19 cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 8:48am

Puerto Rico on Thursday reported 485 new cases of the coronavirus, but officials say 355 of those correspond to April and early May and had not been shared with the government until now.

South Africa's hotspot limits most testing to above age 55

Gerald Imray, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 7:56am

South Africa's worst hotspot for the coronavirus is no longer testing most people under age 55 as it tries to clear a backlog of 27,000 tests amid a shortage of kits.

Police think Madeleine McCann is dead; parents still hope

Helena Alves, Danica Kirka and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 5:12am

German police said Thursday they presume a British girl who went missing in southern Portugal 13 years ago is dead, but Madeleine McCann's parents still nurture hope their daughter will be found alive.

Hong Kong outlaws insulting China’s national anthem, adding to fears of Beijing tightening controls over city's affairs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 3:02am

Hong Kong outlaws insulting China’s national anthem, adding to fears of Beijing tightening controls over city's affairs.

On Tiananmen anniversary, Hong Kong bans insults to anthem

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 11:58pm

Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem.

UN moves toward ending UN-AU peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 11:44pm

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to move toward ending the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s vast western Darfur region and replacing it with a civilian mission focusing on the country’s democratic transition.

At least 39 injured in knife attack at China kindergarten

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 11:31pm

A school security guard injured at least 39 people in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning, state media reported. The motive remains unknown.