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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.

The loneliest of D-Day remembrances is hit by pandemic

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 historic 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.

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

Black Lives Matter protests across Australia have proceeded mostly peacefully as thousands of demonstrators in state capitals honored the memory of George Floyd and protested the deaths of indigenous Australians in custody. Organizers of the Sydney protest got a late reprieve when their appeal against a Friday ruling declaring the rally unauthorized was granted. The New South Wales Court of Appeal, just 12 minutes before the rally was scheduled to start, gave the green light, meaning protesters could not be arrested. In Brisbane, organizers say about 30,000 people gathered, forcing police to close down two major streets. In addition to Australia, protests were held Saturday in other countries as well, including South Korea and Japan.

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.

Black Lives Matter protests in Australia, Asia and Europe

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

Thousands of people rallied across Australia to honor George Floyd and voice their support for the Black Lives Matter movement Saturday, part of a worldwide wave of solidarity that has also sought to highlight racial discrimination outside the United States.

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.

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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.

A death in Nicaraguan baseball puts pandemic in public eye

Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 5th - 9:21am

As the new coronavirus spread and economies shut across Latin America, Nicaragua stayed open — schools, stores, concert halls and baseball stadiums, all operating uninterrupted on orders of a government that denied the gravity of the disease.

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.