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Myanmar: Suu Kyi to lead team to fight genocide accusation

Nov. 20, 2019 10:47 AM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s government announced Wednesday that its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will head a legal team it will send to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands to contest a case of genocide filed against it by Gambia on behalf of the Organization of Islamic...

Rebels kill 8 in eastern Congo as residents protest violence

Nov. 20, 2019 10:44 AM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo’s army says rebels have killed at least eight people and kidnapped about a dozen others in an attack in the eastern city of Beni. Residents angered by the ongoing violence have attacked trucks belonging to the United Nations peacekeeping mission and barricaded roads. Army...

Amnesty: At least 106 dead in protests, which Iran disputes

Nov. 20, 2019 12:31 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Days of protests over rising fuel prices and a subsequent government crackdown have killed at least 106 people across Iran, Amnesty International said Tuesday, adding that the real figure may be much higher. Iran’s government has not released a toll of those...

Afghan woman ambassador forms group to help Afghan women

Nov. 20, 2019 12:08 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to the United Nations has started a U.N. group to protect the rights Afghan women gained after the Taliban was ousted from power 18 years ago, amid fresh efforts to rekindle talks with the fundamentalist group to end the country’s...

UN expert corrects claim on kids in US migration detention

Nov. 19, 2019 4:55 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — An outside expert working with the U.N. human rights office has corrected a figure he cited claiming that over 100,000 children are being held in migrant detention in the United States. On Monday, Manfred Nowak, who leads a U.N. Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty that was published...

Iran will seek new fighter jets, tanks as 2020 embargo lifts

Nov. 19, 2019 3:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran will likely buy new advanced fighter jets and tanks next year when a U.N. Security Council arms embargo is scheduled to be lifted, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday as the Defense Intelligence Agency released a new assessment of Iran’s military capabilities. The...

Police surround last holdouts at Hong Kong campus protest

Nov. 19, 2019 12:55 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A small band of anti-government protesters, their numbers diminished by surrenders and failed escape attempts, remained holed up at a Hong Kong university early Wednesday as they braced for the endgame in a police siege of the campus. Police were waiting them out after 10 days of some of...

The Latest: UN rights office urges Hong Kong de-escalation

Nov. 19, 2019 12:48 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 7 p.m. The U.N. human rights office is calling on authorities in Hong Kong to do all they can to de-escalate a standoff between security forces and anti-government protesters holed up in a university. The spokesman for the United Nations...

UN warns of mounting humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel

Nov. 19, 2019 10:34 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Ousmane Sawadogo, his wives and children recently fled their village in northern Burkina Faso because of growing extremist violence. After walking 200 kilometers (124 miles) to the regional city of Kaya, they now forage for wild leaves to survive. “What we need now is food....

UN watchdog: Iran now in violation of heavy water limits

Nov. 19, 2019 8:30 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog says Iran has breached another limit in its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by stockpiling more heavy water than the accord allowed. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday that Iran informed it on Nov. 16 that it had surpassed the 130 tons...