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Civil unrest flares in US cities over Minneapolis killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said the deployment was needed because outsiders were using the demonstrations over the death of George Floyd to spread chaos, and that he expected Saturday night's protests to be the fiercest so far.

From Minneapolis to New York City, Atlanta and Washington, protesters clashed with police late on Friday in a rising tide of anger over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement.

"We are under assault," Walz told a briefing. "Order needs to be restored. ... We will use our full strength of goodness and righteousness to make sure this ends."

Minnesota sees second night of clashes over death in custody

Tear gas was fired by police, while protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti. Businesses were also looted.

George Floyd, 46, died on Monday and video showed him gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck.

There have also been protests in Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, California, and Memphis, Tennessee.

The renewed clashes on Wednesday came just hours after the city's mayor called for criminal charges to be brought against the policeman who was filmed pinning down Mr Floyd.

The four police officers involved in the arrest have been fired.

Chile protesters clash with police over lockdown

Local television showed police using tear gas and water cannon to quell unrest on the streets of El Bosque, where poverty is high.

President Sebastián Piñera, in a televised address after the protests, pledged to get food to those in need.

Chile has more than 46,000 cases of Covid-19 so far, with 478 deaths.

A recent surge in cases prompted the national capital to go under a strict and total lockdown this weekend.

Hong Kong airport cancels flights amid huge protest

Some of the protesters who had been occupying the airport's arrivals hall swarmed into the departures area on Monday, prompting authorities to cancel all flights and advise travellers to leave one of the world's busiest hubs.

The action came in response to a sharp increase in the level of force employed by Hong Kong's embattled police. 

Hours before the airport shutdown, two police officers elsewhere in the city had pinned a black-clad demonstrator to the concrete, one officer's knee pressing the young man's face into a pool of his own blood.

Hong Kong police and protesters fight running battles

Protesters blocked roads and paralysed train services at peak times on a day of action across the city.

More than 200 flights were cancelled as the protests entered their ninth week.

Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, has pledged to restore law and order, rejecting calls for her resignation.

Initially the demonstrations, which began on 9 June, focused on a controversial extradition law, which would have allowed the transfer of suspects to mainland China. However, the protests have now become a wider challenge to Beijing's authority.

Nearly 1400 people detained in Moscow protest; largest in decade

OVD-Info said the number of the detentions it logged for Saturday's protest reached 1,373 by early Sunday. The group has monitored arrests since 2011.

Russian police violently dispersed thousands of people who thronged Moscow streets on Saturday to protest election authorities for disqualifying independent candidates from the September 8 election for the Moscow city council.

Several protesters reported broken limbs and head injuries. Police justified their response by saying the rally was not sanctioned by authorities.