UNDATED (AP) — Two people have been killed during unrest in the Chicago suburb of Cicero as protests continued over the death of George Floyd, according to a town official. Spokesman Ray Hanania says 60 people were arrested in the town of about 84,000 located west of Chicago. Hanania didn’t provide additional information about those killed or the circumstances of their deaths. The Illinois State Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Office were called in to help local police Monday as people broke into a liquor store and other businesses and stole items.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some Democratic governors are resisting President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the U.S. military unless they dispatch National Guard units to “dominate the streets” in reaction to the violence that has gripped the country. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he doesn't believe the federal government can send military troops into his state. He accuses Trump of creating an “incendiary moment" by threatening to do so. Demonstrations against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody have turned violent across the country, with people breaking into businesses and stealing, smashing car windows and setting buildings on fire.
UNDATED (AP) — The first group of 200 U.S. Marines have arrived in tropical northern Australia for their annual rotation despite the coronavirus pandemic border closures. Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Tuesday the marines were tested for COVID-19 on arrival in Darwin and will be quarantined in military facilities for the next 14 days. The ninth annual rotation was delayed this year by two months due to the pandemic. Only 1,200 marines will come to Australia this year during the current dry season, fewer than half the 2,500 that participated last year.The remaining marines will arrive through July and leave in September before the monsoonal rains come.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 225 current and former global VIPs are urging the world’s 20 major economic powers to hold an urgent meeting to agree to a $2.5 trillion plan to tackle COVID-19 and launch an economic recovery from the pandemic, especially for hard-hit developing and middle-income countries. They said in a letter released Monday night that over 100 countries have approached the International Monetary Fund for help and more are expected to do so. Without action from the G20, the prominent global figures warned that the recession caused by the pandemic will deepen, hurting all economies, especially the world's poorest.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — South American countries have begun easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus. Some of Brazil’s hardest hit cities started to allow more activity on Monday. Bolivia’s government authorized reopening most of the country and the government of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro unwound restrictions. Ecuador’s airports were resuming flights and shoppers returning to some of Colombia’s malls. That runs counter to Europe’s approach of waiting for the worst to pass before resuming activity, and South America trails much further behind on its viral curve.
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