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UN court orders Azerbaijan, Armenia not to aggravate dispute

Dec. 07, 2021 10:07 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at the United Nations’ top court ordered Azerbaijan on Tuesday to protect all the prisoners it captured during the country's war last year with neighboring Armenia, to prevent incitement of racial hatred against Armenians and to punish vandalism of Armenian...

WHO advises against use of survivors' plasma to treat COVID

Dec. 07, 2021 08:24 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Experts at the World Health Organization recommended Tuesday against using blood plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 as a treatment for patients with the illness, saying evidence has not shown the costly, time-consuming transfusions to be effective in preventing...

WHO Europe: Kids in 5-14 age group show highest COVID rates

Dec. 07, 2021 07:56 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's office for Europe said Tuesday that children in the 5 to 14 age group now account for the highest rates of reported COVID-19 infection in the region. WHO Europe regional director Dr. Hans Kluge also argued that vaccine mandates should...

Looted Gilgamesh tablet returns to Iraq in formal ceremony

Dec. 07, 2021 07:54 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A small clay tablet dating back 3,500 years and bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh that was looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago and recently recovered from the United States formally returned to Iraq on Tuesday. The $1.7 million cuneiform tablet, known...

'Cheugy,' 'omicron' among 2021's most mispronounced words

Dec. 07, 2021 01:25 AM EST

“Cheugy” is apparently a lot to chew on. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce have something in common — broadcasters butcher their names. And virtually everyone is having trouble with “omicron.” All...

UN chief names American Stephanie Williams as Libya adviser

Dec. 06, 2021 20:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment Monday of American diplomat Stephanie Williams, who led talks that resulted in the October 2020 cease-fire deal in Libya, to support the holding of presidential elections in the oil-rich north African country...

UN delays action on Myanmar and Afghanistan's bid for seats

Dec. 06, 2021 13:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Monday delaying action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations, a decision that leaves the ambassadors from the ousted governments in...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi convicted in further blow to democracy

Dec. 06, 2021 12:55 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar who was ousted in a de facto coup this year, was convicted on two charges Monday and handed a four-year sentence that was quickly cut in half — in proceedings widely criticized as a further effort by the country’s military rulers...

WHO: No 'doomsday,' but malaria fight disrupted by pandemic

Dec. 06, 2021 08:19 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Monday that the global response to the longtime threat of malaria has taken a hit as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted health services in many countries, leading to tens of thousands more deaths worldwide last year — as questions remain on...

Putin hopes WHO soon approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

Dec. 05, 2021 14:17 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday voiced hope for a quick approval of the country's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine by the World Health Organization, saying the move is essential to expand its global supplies. Speaking during a video call with...