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

Protesters marched the streets of downtown Phoenix and Tucson after the cities’ leaders implored them to refrain from violence. The marches appeared to be largely peaceful, according to local media reports. On Saturday night, however, Phoenix police had to defend the department’s headquarters. Shortly after 10 p.m., Phoenix police said a large group of protesters downtown had become an unlawful assembly, the Arizona Republic reported.  The police said they needed to disperse immediately. The protesters were seen kneeling with their hands up in the streets outside Phoenix police and municipal buildings, the Republic reported. They chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “Black lives matter.”

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.

UK's Johnson, Trump, discuss potential of G-7 meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 11:52am

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.

US-born dentist convicted of garroting her British husband

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:50am

A German court has convicted an American-born dentist of strangling her British husband, whose body was found in a Czech wood with its teeth removed to hinder identification.

Battered Caribbean prepares for hurricanes amid pandemic

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 8:07am

Hurricanes. Earthquakes. COVID-19.

EU criticizes China over Hong Kong but no action planned

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 7:38am

The European Union criticized China on Friday for asserting more control over Hong Kong and suggested the move would have an impact on China-EU relations, but the 27-nation bloc ruled out taking any action against its major trading partner.

Activists held in Russia for protesting journalist's arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 6:58am

Police in Moscow and St. Petersburg detained 35 people who came out to protest Friday, in violation of city coronavirus restrictions, against the arrest of a prominent Russian journalist, the Medizona news outlet said.

South Africa has virus testing backlog of nearly 100,000

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:20am

South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the coronavirus, a striking example of the painful shortage of testing kits and reagents across Africa as cases steadily rise.

Protest in Hong Kong over China's move to pass security law

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:41am

Dozens of people protested in a mall in Hong Kong on Friday following a vote by China’s ceremonial parliament to approve legislation that could severely restrict opposition political activity and civil society in the Asian financial center.

Family of crash death teen takes action against UK's Raab

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:59am

The family of a British teenager killed when his motorcycle collided with a car allegedly driven by an American diplomat’s wife plan to take legal action against the U.K. foreign policy chief for his actions in the aftermath of the accident.