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The Latest | Families of hostages held in Gaza launch a 4-day march to demand their freedom

Feb. 28, 2024 09:48 AM EST

The families of hostages held in Gaza and their supporters are launching a four-day march from southern Israel to Jerusalem to demand their loved ones be set free. The march comes as negotiations are underway in Qatar to bring about a deal between Hamas and Israel that would lead to...

A quarter of Gaza's population is one step from famine and aid trucks are looted, UN says

Feb. 27, 2024 21:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At least one quarter of Gaza’s population – 576,000 people – are one step away from famine and virtually the entire population desperately needs food resulting in some aid trucks being shot at, looted and overwhelmed by hungry people, top U.N. officials said Tuesday. ...

The Latest | Biden says hostage deal could pause Gaza war, but Israel and Hamas show skepticism

Feb. 27, 2024 16:56 PM EST

President Joe Biden has said Israel would be willing to halt its war on Hamas in Gaza during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some of the hostages held by the militants. However, Israel and Hamas on Tuesday played down chances of an imminent...

UN envoy invites Syrian opponents for constitution talks in Geneva despite Russia's opposition

Feb. 27, 2024 13:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria issued formal invitations to the Syrian government and opposition groups on Tuesday to meet in Geneva in late April to resume negotiations on revising the country’s constitution, despite opposition from Damascus’ key ally Russia. ...

Biden hopes cease-fire, hostage deal to pause Israel-Hamas war can take effect by next Monday

Feb. 26, 2024 23:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that he hopes a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that would pause hostilities and allow for remaining hostages to be released can take effect by early next week. Asked when he thought a cease-fire could begin, Biden said: “Well...

Most UN Security Council members demand Taliban rescind decrees seriously oppressing women and girls

Feb. 26, 2024 22:05 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than two-thirds of the U.N. Security Council’s members demanded Monday that the Taliban rescind all policies and decrees oppressing and discriminating against women and girls, including banning girls education above the sixth grade and women’s right to work and move...

The world is becoming less safe by the day, warns the UN secretary general

Feb. 26, 2024 17:53 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says combatants in places such as Congo, Gaza, Myanmar, Ukraine and Sudan are turning a “blind eye” to international law as he made a plea for greater respect for human rights and peace around the world. Speaking as the...

Iran has further increased its total stockpile of uranium, UN nuclear watchdog report says

Feb. 26, 2024 15:00 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has further increased its total stockpile of uranium, according to a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog seen by The Associated Press on Monday, and it continues to bar the agency's most seasoned inspectors from monitoring its nuclear program, The International...

US reiterates support for a Haiti deployment as it meets with Caribbean leaders

Feb. 26, 2024 14:36 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The U.S. government on Monday reiterated its support to help restore peace and calm to Haiti, saying it will provide money, equipment and logistical support to a multinational force whose deployment remains uncertain. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S....

Majority of countries argue Israel violated international law in last historic hearing at UN court

Feb. 26, 2024 12:33 PM EST

THE HAGUE (AP) — The United Nations’ highest court on Monday wrapped up historic proceedings into the legality of Israel’s 57-year occupation of lands sought by Palestinians for a future state, with most voices at the hearing arguing against the Israeli government. Over six...