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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 ...

Russian Orthodox priest tends to Moscow’s COVID-19 patients

MOSCOW (AP) — The Rev. Vasily Gelevan bends over a COVID-19 patient at her apartment to administer Holy Communion and say words of comfort while clad in a hazmat suit. The bedside ministry is one of many such visits the 45-year old Russian Orthodox priest makes daily as he shuttles across ...

Zimbabwe’s security guards have lonely jobs, but get paid

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — One says he constantly talks to the cash machine he guards — never mind that it can't answer back. Another whiles away the time by staring at pictures of semi-nude women on the walls of a closed nightclub as he waits for rats and cats to come out and entertain ...

The loneliest of D-Day remembrances is hit by pandemic

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — 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 ...

UK’s rapid-fire changes on face coverings advice criticized

LONDON (AP) — The British government faced criticism Saturday for another sudden change in its advice on face coverings that has left those running hospitals in England scrambling to work out how they will be able to meet the new requirements. On Friday, as the World Health Organization ...

Black Lives Matter protests in Australia, Asia and Europe

BERLIN (AP) — 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. Further protests ...

Malaria drug didn’t help virus patients, big UK study finds

Leaders of a large study in the United Kingdom that is rigorously testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and other medicines for hospitalized COVID-19 patients say they will stop putting people on the drug because it's clear it isn't helping. Results released Friday from 1,542 patients ...

Sri Lankan cafe owner feeds and shelters stranded tourists

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — 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. When flights were canceled and the airports shut down, Darshana Ratnayake came to the ...