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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 2:40 a.m. EDT

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

Shares are higher in Asia after U.S. unemployment data gave the S&P 500 its first loss in five days. Benchmarks rose in Tokyo and Seoul on Friday but fell in Sydney and Shanghai. A report showed that the number of U.S. workers filing for unemployment benefits eased for a ninth straight week. But economists saw pockets of disappointment, with the total number of people getting benefits rising slightly. A drop in that number the week before had raised hopes that some companies were rehiring workers. Treasury yields rose and oil prices were little changed. 

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.

State media report at least 39 people injured in a knife attack by a school security guard at a kindergarten in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 11:30pm

State media report at least 39 people injured in a knife attack by a school security guard at a kindergarten in China.

Amid virus, those in India's largest slum help one another

Yirmiyan Arthur, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 11:28pm

There are no secrets in the tightly packed lanes of Dharavi, India’s largest slum. Everyone knows when an alcoholic husband turns violent, when children are scolded, or when a family has its television turned up too loud.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 10:40pm

Protesters stayed on the streets of New York City after curfew for another day Thursday, spurred by the death of George Floyd. Actions by the protesters included gathering at Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza, the site where police used batons against demonstrators who were out past the city-imposed curfew a night earlier. Thousands of protesters were out after curfew, and so were police.

UN office denounces human rights violations in Philippines

Jamey Keaten and Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 10:29pm

The U.N. human rights office called on the Philippine government in a new report Thursday to end all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband private and state-backed paramilitary groups.

Worrying over future, Hong Kong defies ban to mark Tiananmen

Zen Soo and Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 8:06pm

Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.