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South Sudan's warring leaders set to meet face to face

Jun. 20, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring leaders were set to meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years on Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar arrived in the capital of neighboring Ethiopia, which...

Eritrea sending delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks

Jun. 20, 2018 7:59 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea's president announced Wednesday he is sending a rare delegation to neighboring Ethiopia for peace talks, days after Ethiopia's new prime minister took a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival. This is the first such delegation since 1998,...

US leaving UN's Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias

Jun. 20, 2018 6:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It's the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday the U.S. had given the...

3 more killed as Nicaragua's political unrest hits 2 months

Jun. 19, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Three people were shot dead in the city of Masaya as security forces and allied groups tried to regain control of the area, a human rights group reported Tuesday, the two-month anniversary of political unrest that has shaken Nicaragua. Alvaro Leiva, director of the Nicaraguan...

The Latest: EU says it's committed to Human Rights Council

Jun. 19, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations' main human rights body (all times EDT): 6:35 p.m. The European Union says the Trump administration's decision to pull the United States out of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council "risks undermining the role of the U.S. as a...

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

Jun. 19, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley, Trump's...

Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

Jun. 19, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China edged closer Tuesday to triggering the riskiest trade war in decades, a fight that could weaken the world's two largest economies, unsettle relations between Beijing and Washington and crimp global growth. The collateral damage could be widespread. If the...

Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport

Jun. 19, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fierce fighting raged Tuesday outside the airport of the crucial Yemeni city of Hodeida as thousands of pro-government fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition battled Iranian-allied Shiite rebels for control of the Red Sea port — the main passageway for food and aid supplies in...

UN envoy: Palestinian refugees 'weeks away' from major cuts

Jun. 19, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is "weeks away from painful cuts" to its emergency assistance for Gaza and refugees elsewhere because of an unprecedented gap in its budget of more than $250 million, the U.N. Mideast envoy said Tuesday. Nikolay Mladenov told the Security...

White House Mideast team holds talks with Jordanian king

Jun. 19, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, kicked off a swing through the Middle East on Tuesday, meeting with Jordan's king as part of a broader effort to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Kushner and White House envoy Jason...