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US hopes to keep Venezuela off UN Human Rights Council

Oct. 11, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is hoping to keep Venezuela from winning a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. A State Department official said Friday that members of the U.N. General Assembly should vote against Venezuela next week because of severe human rights abuses under President Nicolás...

China's Xi to visit India this week, meet with Modi

Oct. 9, 2019 4:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is coming to India to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, just weeks after China supported Pakistan in raising the issue of India's recent actions in disputed Kashmir at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. India stripped Kashmir's...

UN investigator: Myanmar is not safe for Rohingyas to return

Oct. 4, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s independent investigator on Myanmar says it's not safe for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to return because Myanmar has failed to dismantle its "system of persecution" of Rohingyas. Yanghee Lee said in a report to the General Assembly...

Trump says he called off Rouhani meeting, not Iran

Oct. 4, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is confirming that U.S. and Iranian officials discussed a possible meeting or call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at last week's U.N. General Assembly, but he insists he was the one who called off the plans. Trump tells reporters Friday that "our sides...

Freitas do Amaral, a ‘father’ of Portuguese democracy, dies

Oct. 3, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Diogo Freitas do Amaral, a conservative Portuguese politician who played a leading role in cementing the country’s democracy after its 1974 Carnation Revolution and later became president of the U.N. General Assembly, has died at 78. The Portuguese government announced his...

UN envoy says Syria charter-drafting panel a 'sign of hope'

Sep. 30, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Monday that the convening of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria on Oct. 30 "should be a sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people" — but it will matter only if it becomes a step out of the more than eight-year...

The Latest: UN envoy says Syria charter panel a sign of hope

Sep. 30, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders. (all times local): 5:40 p.m. The U.N. special envoy for Syria says the convening of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria on Oct. 30 "should be a sign of hope for the long-suffering Syrian people"...

Afghanistan to Taliban: Peace or 'we will continue to fight'

Sep. 30, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As Afghans await the results of a presidential election roiled by Taliban threats, the government used its platform at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday to tell the insurgents: "Join us in peace, or we will continue to fight." Afghanistan was not the only country sending a message:...

Colombia offers new Venezuela rebel info after photo fiasco

Sep. 30, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Colombia doubled down Monday on their claim that guerrilla troops are operating in Venezuela with the support of President Nicolás Maduro a week after similar allegations presented at the United Nations were marred by erroneous photographs. Colombia's...

North Korea complains at UN about US 'provocations'

Sep. 30, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea decried the stalled state of its nuclear standoff with the United States and told the international community Monday that the fault lies with Washington's "political and military provocations." "It depends on the U.S.," North Korean Ambassador Kim Song said, whether the...