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UN extends arms embargo on armed groups in volatile Congo

Jun. 30, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday extending an arms embargo on armed groups in Congo, which is facing an upsurge in violence in the mineral-rich east, with Russia, China and its three African members abstaining. Congo’s government has...

Iran says it's ready for new talks with US on nuclear deal

Jun. 30, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran said Thursday it is ready for new indirect talks with the United States to overcome the last hurdles to revive its tattered 2015 nuclear deal with major powers amid a growing crisis over the country's atomic program. Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht...

UN rep in South Sudan urges authorities to prepare for polls

Jun. 30, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan urged the East African country's transitional government Thursday to set a date for elections as time passes. Nicholas Haysom told journalists in the capital, Juba that with barely eight months remaining...

UN: Libya rival officials fail to agree on election criteria

Jun. 30, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — After two days of U.N.-mediated talks in Geneva, two senior Libyan officials from the country's rival camps failed to reach an agreement on a constitutional framework for national elections, the United Nations envoy to Libya said Thursday. According to Stephanie...

EXPLAINER: Why Indonesia's leader is visiting Kyiv, Moscow

Jun. 29, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations, is visiting Ukraine and Russia for meetings with the leaders of the two warring nations after attending the Group of Seven summit in...

ASEAN special envoy making 2nd visit to strife-torn Myanmar

Jun. 29, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Cambodia’s foreign minister is making his second visit to Myanmar as a special envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to the country that has been mired in violence and civil unrest since the military seized power last year. State-run television MRTV...

UN envoy warns Congo's M23 rebels are acting like an army

Jun. 29, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Congo warned Wednesday that the M23 rebel group has increasingly acted as a conventional army during escalating military action in the country’s volatile east and could threaten the U.N. peacekeeping force charged with protecting civilians. ...

UN keeps peacekeepers in Mali as Russia and China abstain

Jun. 29, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to maintain the U.N. peacekeeping mission in turmoil-wracked Mali, while condemning the West African nation's military rulers for using mercenaries that commit human rights and humanitarian violations. The council also...

NATO pivots to highlight Chinese 'challenges' for 1st time

Jun. 29, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — NATO has for the first time singled out China as one of its strategic priorities for the next decade, warning about its growing military ambitions, confrontational rhetoric toward Taiwan and other neighbors, and increasingly close ties to Russia. While Russia’s war...

Syria to recognize Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk regions

Jun. 29, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria said Wednesday it will recognize the “independence and sovereignty” of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions and contacts will be established to set up diplomatic relations. The Syrian Foreign Ministry announcement came days after...