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The Latest: Protesters in Cyprus highlight inequalities

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— Protesters in Cyprus decry “social and racial inequalities” in U.S., elsewhere.

— Tacoma, Washington, mayor orders firing of four officers for restraint death.

— Minneapolis to ban chokeholds by police, require officers to report illegal restraint.

— Four Indianapolis police officers off street after use of force during protest.

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NICOSIA, Cyprus — About 250 people demonstrated peacefully outside the U.S. embassy in the Cypriot capital Nicosia to denounce what they said were the “social and racial inequalities” at the root of protests triggered by the death of George

The Latest: Tacoma, Wash., mayor orders firing of 4 officers

TOP OF THE HOUR:

— Tacoma, Washington, mayor orders firing of four officers for restraint death.

— Minneapolis to ban chokeholds by police, require officers to report illegal restraint.

— Four Indianapolis police officers off street after use of force during protest.

— Trump invokes Floyd’s name in trumpeting jobs report.

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TACOMA, Wash. — The mayor of Tacoma, Washington, has told the city manager to fire four police officers following the death of a black man after police restrained him in March.

Mayor Victoria Woodards on Thursday night directed City Manager Elizabeth Pauli to fire

The Latest: Minneapolis to ban chokeholds by police

TOP OF THE HOUR:

— Minneapolis to ban chokeholds by police, require officers to report illegal restraint.

— Four Indianapolis police officers off street after use of force during protest.

— French to investigate racist comments in police Facebook group.

— Trump invokes Floyd’s name in trumpeting jobs report.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police, and to require police to report and intervene any time they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer.

The moves are part of a stipulation between

The Latest: Coronavirus deaths continue to reduce in Italy

MILAN — No deaths were recorded in nine Italian regions on Friday as the coronavirus’s grip on Italy continues to ease. The number of deaths nationwide grew by 85 in 24 hours, in line with recent days, for a total of 33,774.

New data from the civil protection agency showed a sharp increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases — with 518 new positives, more than double a day earlier, bringing Italy’s total to date to 234,531.

The increase was attributed to huge jump in the number of tests in Lombardy to more than 19,000 in one day, up from just over 3,400 a day earlier. That revealed

The Latest: US cardinal says blacks not treated fairly

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— U.S. cardinal says black Americans not getting Christian treatment.

— French to investigate racist comments in police Facebook group.

— NBA star Lillard protests in Portland, where some set fires.

— Trump invokes Floyd’s name in trumpeting jobs report.

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ROME — The highest-ranking American cardinal at the Vatican says the killing of George Floyd has laid bare that the Christian principles of the U.S. Constitution aren’t being applied to blacks, and is evidence that divisive, demonizing language can kill.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who heads the Vatican’s laity office,

The Latest: Travel company Tui’s airline to halve its fleet

BERLIN — German-based travel company Tui aims to roughly halve its Tuifly airline’s fleet of planes as it deals with the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

News agency dpa reported that the company said Friday it has presented its plans to employees, and they would also involve closing bases such as those in Cologne, Bremen and Muenster-Osnabrueck.

Tuifly previously planned to operate 39 Boeing 737 jets.

The company said talks between management and employee representatives will address how many jobs are affected. Tuifly has about 2,000 full-time posts.

Tui is being supported in

The Latest: Portland protest includes NBA star, some mayhem

TOP OF THE HOUR:

— NBA star Lillard protests in Portland, where some set fires.

— Trump invokes Floyd’s name in trumpeting jobs report.

— Friend at scene says Floyd didn’t resist arrest.

— Minnesota considers changes to legal process for police-involved deaths.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Thousands of protesters marched for the seventh consecutive night in Portland to decry the death of George Floyd.

Damian Lillard of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers walked at the front of the crowd arm-in-arm with young demonstrators as they crossed a bridge over the Willamette River and made their way to a

The Latest: N. Macedonia records new record daily infections

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — North Macedonia has registered a new record number of daily coronavirus infections for the third consecutive day, with more than half the country’s 2.1 million people under an 80-hour near-total lockdown.

Health Minister Venko Filipce announced that 180 newly infected people and two deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours, a new record since the first case was registered in late February. The total confirmed cases in the country now stand at 2,790, and 149 people have died.

Filipce said about 90% of newly infected people are members and relatives of 15 families,

The Latest: Trump invokes Floyd’s name in trumpeting jobs

TOP OF THE HOUR:

— Trump invokes Floyd’s name in trumpeting jobs report.

— Friend at scene says George Floyd didn’t resist arrest.

— Minnesota considers changes to police-involved deaths.

— Twitter blocks Trump campaign video featuring George Floyd.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump invoked George Floyd’s name as he delivered remarks trumpeting the latest unemployment numbers, which showed the U.S. economy unexpectedly adding 2.5 million jobs last month.

Trump mentioned equal justice under the law means everyone needs to receive fair treatment. He referenced Floyd, whose death in