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UN compensation panel pays out $270M for Kuwait oil company

Jul. 23, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A United Nations panel that oversees compensation claims stemming from Iraq's 1990-1991 invasion of Kuwait says it has paid out $270 million to Kuwait's national oil company. The Geneva-based U.N. Compensation Commission said Tuesday the tranche brings to $48.7 billion the amount it has paid...

Macron says UN refugee agency attacked, decries Libya camps

Jul. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called on Libyan authorities Monday to stop holding transiting refugees in detention camps and said buildings of the United Nations' refugee agency in Libya were attacked earlier in the day. Macron did not elaborate on the attack he said was carried out on...

The Latest: UN's Guterres recalls IAEA head for 'equanimity'

Jul. 22, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on reaction to the death of Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The secretary-general of the United Nations and the president of the U.N. General Assembly have joined other international leaders in praising the late director...

Israeli crews demolish Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem

Jul. 22, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli work crews on Monday began demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of an east Jerusalem neighborhood, in one of the largest operations of its kind in years. The demolitions capped a years-long legal battle over the buildings, constructed near the invisible line...

Yukiya Amano, head of UN agency overseeing Iran deal, dies

Jul. 22, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Yukiya Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade and was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and the cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, has died at 72, the agency announced Monday. Amano, who had wide...

The International Atomic Energy Agency says its Director-General Yukiya Amano has died.

Jul. 22, 2019 3:20 AM EDT
VIENNA (AP) — The International Atomic Energy Agency says its Director-General Yukiya Amano has died.

Refugee swimmer feels for separated families at US border

Jul. 21, 2019 5:11 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini knows what she's talking about when it comes to family separation for asylum seekers, having fled her native Syria four years ago. Mardini empathizes with families currently separated along the U.S. southern border. "This is the most terrible thing...

Retired teacher goes all-out to take teens on trip UN

Jul. 21, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Reading books and looking at pictures is great, but nothing facilitates learning like travel. Not only do children get to see a world beyond their neighborhood, they get to experience it — feel it, taste it, hear it, and better understand the world around them. After nearly four...

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

Jul. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention...

Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

Jul. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant...