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Far-right activists protest in London despite warnings

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of far-right activists gathered to demonstrate in central London's Parliament Square Saturday, despite strict police restrictions and warnings to stay home to contain the coronavirus. Some threw bottles and cans at officers, while riot police on horses pushed the crowd ...

VIRUS DIARY: Romance conquers ocean, outbreak and red tape

SAO PAULO (AP) — The certificate arrived on the floor of an otherwise empty elevator. My 1-year-old stumbled to the doorway of our Sao Paulo apartment and watched as I picked up the document. She was the sole witness to the end of a bizarre Brazilian bureaucratic procedure. Her mother and I ...

Putin attends first public event after months of lockdown

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday showed up at a ceremony marking the national holiday — the first big public event he has attended since announcing a nationwide lockdown more than two months ago. Putin observed the hoisting of the national flag at a memorial park ...

Hong Kong protest marks anniversary of violent police clash

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people across Hong Kong sang protest songs and marched on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of a clash with police outside the semi-autonomous Chinese city's legislature. Hundreds of protesters gathered in the popular Causeway Bay and Mongkok shopping ...

Australian prime minister apologizes for ‘no slavery’ claim

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister apologized on Friday to critics who accuse him of denying the country's history of slavery, as a state government announced it will remove a former Belgian king's name from a mountain range as part of a global re-examination of racial ...

Twitter removes China-linked accounts spreading false news

LONDON (AP) — Twitter has removed a vast network of accounts that it says is linked to the Chinese government and was pushing false information favorable to the country's communist rulers. Beijing denied involvement Friday and said the company should instead take down accounts smearing ...

Burundi court says to swear in president-elect immediately

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's constitutional court on Friday said the president-elect should be sworn in as soon as possible, ending uncertainty created by the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza this week. Evariste Ndayishimiye won the May presidential election and faced an August ...

Statues boarded up in London as more protests expected

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in London boarded up a war memorial and a statue of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill ahead of expected rival demonstrations by anti-racism and far-right protesters, as the city's mayor urged protesters Friday to stay home because of the coronavirus ...

UK scientist: Week earlier lockdown could have halved deaths

LONDON (AP) — A scientist whose modeling helped set Britain's coronavirus strategy said Wednesday that the country's death toll in the pandemic could have been cut in half if lockdown had been introduced a week earlier. Britain has the world's second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 ...

Thousands attend Black Lives Matter demo in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Thousands of people demonstrated Wednesday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in a park in Amsterdam named for South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. It was the latest in a series of protests in Dutch cities that have followed the death of George Floyd ...

Sudan militia leader in custody on Darfur war crimes charges

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — In a significant breakthrough in the pursuit of justice for crimes in Darfur, Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb, who is charged with 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes in the devastating conflict, has been arrested more than 13 years after a ...

Palestinians say they made counterproposal to Trump plan

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians said Tuesday they proposed a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem with one-to-one land exchanges with Israel as a counteroffer to President Donald Trump's Mideast plan. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh declined ...

Brazil ministry ordered to resume publishing full virus data

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has ordered the government of President Jair Bolsonaro to resume publication of full COVID-19 data, including the cumulative death toll, following allegations that the government was trying to hide the severity of the pandemic in Latin ...

Settler leader: Netanyahu moving ahead with annexation plans

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has assured Jewish settlers that he is going ahead with plans to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank next month, a settler representative said Monday. Netanyahu told a group of settler leaders late Sunday that President Donald ...

In Bristol, toppling of slave trader’s statue a major moment

BRISTOL, England (AP) — In an English port city that once launched slave ships, an empty plinth has become the center of a debate about racism, history and memory. For over a century the pedestal in Bristol held the statue of Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader whose wealth helped ...

France to abandon police chokeholds amid Floyd death anger

PARIS (AP) — France's top security offical says police will no longer conduct chokeholds that have been blamed for multiple cases of asphyxiation and have come under renewed criticism after George Floyd's death in the United States. With the French government under increasing pressure to ...

Prince William reveals he’s been a helpline volunteer

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has revealed that he has been anonymously helping out on a crisis helpline during the coronavirus lockdown. The Duke of Cambridge's work with Shout 85258 — an around-the-clock text messaging helpline developed by the Royal Foundation — was made ...

Thousands in Mali’s capital demand that president step down

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Thousands of people demonstrated in Mali's capital on Friday to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. At the urging of opposition parties and clerics, the demonstrators in Bamako denounced corruption, arbitrary arrests and the organisation of April's ...

China urges citizens to shun Australia as dispute simmers

BEIJING (AP) — China is advising its citizens not to visit Australia, citing racial discrimination and violence against Asians, in what appears to be Beijing's latest attempt to punish the country for advocating an investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. A notice issued by the Ministry ...

North Korea threatens to shut liaison office with South

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — 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. The ...