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FILE - In this Friday, April 4, 2014 file photo, the skulls and bones of some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge inside the church are laid out as a memorial to the thousands who were killed in and around the Catholic church during the 1994 genocide in Ntarama, Rwanda. France's highest court on Wednesday Sept.30, 2020 rejected Rwandan genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga's appeal of a decision to extradite him to an international court in The Hague. Kabuga, one of the most-wanted fugitives in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, was arrested outside Paris in May after 25 years on the run. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

UN judge orders Rwandan genocide suspect sent to The Hague

Oct. 21, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An 87-year-old Rwandan genocide suspect being held in France will be sent temporarily to a United Nations court in the Netherlands for a medical assessment amid concerns about his health and the coronavirus pandemic, a judge ruled Wednesday. Félicien Kabuga, one of the...

An elderly flower vendor wears a face mask for protection against COVID-19 infection in Bucharest, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Local authorities imposed the use of face masks in all public spaces, indoors and outdoors, closed schools, restaurants, theatres and cinemas after the rate of COVID-19 infections went above 3 cases per 1000 inhabitants in the Romanian capital Bucharest. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

The Latest: Romania daily virus cases reach nearly 5,000

Oct. 21, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

Bucharest, Romania — Romania hit an all-time high Wednesday with 4,848 positive coronavirus cases as authorities carried out a record number of tests. Romania reported 37,025 coronavirus tests, the highest so far. It added 69 deaths in the last 24 hours. The rate of infections over the past 14 days passed...

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, speaks about the fourth round of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

UN envoy hails early agreements in Libya talks

Oct. 21, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Wednesday the two warring factions have agreed on issues that “directly impact the lives and welfare of the Libyan people,” noting that the thorny work to cement a cease-fire in the restive North African country will continue. Stephanie Turco...

FILE- In this Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran. Whether it's framed as American exceptionalism, American interventionism, American global standing, or a lack of it, how the world's foremost superpower moves forward following the presidential election will have a sizeable impact in various geopolitical pressure points and in the time of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Many thorny global situations hinge on US election outcome

Oct. 21, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Four years after Donald Trump’s election reframed how many nations interacted with the United States, the way that the world’s foremost superpower moves forward after its presidential election stands to impact many geopolitical pressure points — whether the victor turns...

FILE- In this Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, protesters demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran. Whether it's framed as American exceptionalism, American interventionism, American global standing, or a lack of it, how the world's foremost superpower moves forward following the presidential election will have a sizeable impact in various geopolitical pressure points and in the time of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Many thorny global situations hinge on US election outcome

Oct. 21, 2020 1:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Four years after Donald Trump's election reframed how many nations interacted with the United States, the way that the world's foremost superpower moves forward after its presidential election stands to impact many geopolitical pressure points — whether the victor turns out to be Trump...

File-This June 4, 2020, file photo shows Women and children walk in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso. The U.N. humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, is hoping a major ministerial meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, will not only raise a billion dollars for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region -- Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger -- but spur leaders to address the underlying drivers including increasing conflict and insecurity, weak governance, and a lack of development (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

Donors pledge $1.7 billion for Burkina Faso, Mail and Niger

Oct. 21, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 20 donors pledged nearly $1 billion for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region for this year and over $700 million for 2021 and beyond, the United Nations announced Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the...

Think tank urges China to release Canadian employee

Oct. 21, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the International Crisis Group used a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting attended by China’s foreign minister Tuesday to appeal for the release of the think tank’s northeast Asia expert, Michael Kovrig, who has been held by Beijing for nearly two...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, an Iranian clergyman stands next to missiles and army troops, during a manoeuvre, in an undisclosed location in Iran. A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that bared it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired Sunday, Oct. 18, 20202, as planned under its nuclear deal with world powers, despite objections from the United States. (Majid Asgaripour/Mehr News Agency via AP, File)

Russia calls for collective security in Gulf, US blames Iran

Oct. 20, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister called for collective efforts Tuesday to prevent a large-scale war in the Persian Gulf and got strong support from all Security Council members except the United States, which called Iran the major culprit and urged that it be held accountable for...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, a woman walks past the Amnesty International India headquarters in Bangalore, India. The U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, urged India’s government to do more to protect the rights of human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. Last month, advocacy group Amnesty International halted its operation in India, citing reprisals by the government and the freezing of its bank accounts by Indian authorities. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

UN urges India government to better protect rights defenders

Oct. 20, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's office pointed to three...

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, makes a statement with the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Tirana, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bilateral issues and maritime border delimitation in the Ionian Sea were the main topics of their discussion. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Albania, Greece take maritime dispute to international court

Oct. 20, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Balkan neighbors Albania and Greece said Tuesday they have agreed to refer a dispute over their maritime borders in the Ionian Sea to the Netherlands-based International Court of Justice. The joint decision was announced during a visit to Tirana by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos...