WASHINGTON -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Thursday declared a state of emergency and activated Minnesota National Guard to restore order after protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody turned violent Wednesday night with fires burning and businesses looted in Minneapolis, the biggest city in the midwest state.
Floyd died on Monday evening shortly after a white police officer held him down with a knee on his neck though the black man in his 40s repeatedly pleaded, "I can't breathe," and "please, I can't breathe." The police officer's way of handling the man is not approved by the local police department. (Somalia-UN-Killing)
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MOGADISHU -- The UN humanitarian agency on Friday condemned the killing of seven health personnel and a civilian in Gololey village in Somalia's Middle Shabelle region by unknown gunmen.
Adam Abdelmoula, resident and humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, expressed shock at the killing. (Somalia-UN-Killing)
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CANBERRA -- Australia remains "on track" in the fight against COVID-19, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.
Following a meeting of the National Cabinet, which is comprised of the prime minister and state and territory leaders, Morrison told reporters that Australia is in a better position than he hoped for when the coronavirus pandemic hit the country in January. (Australia-COVID-19-PM)
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MOSCOW -- Russia confirmed 8,572 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 387,623, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Friday.
The death toll increased by a daily record of 232 to 4,374, while 159,257 people have recovered, including 8,264 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement. (Russia-Coronavirus)