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US: Africa can buy Russian grain but risks actions on oil

Aug. 04, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African nations are free to buy grain from Russia but could face consequences if they trade in U.S.-sanctioned commodities such as Russian oil, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday. “Countries can buy Russian agricultural products,...

US envoy: Africa trip isn't to compete with Russia, China

Aug. 04, 2022 02:52 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations headed to Africa on Wednesday, saying she was going to focus on how the United States can help Uganda, Ghana and Cape Verde deal with the food crisis that has hit the continent particularly hard — not to compete with China and...

US envoy: Russia intends to dissolve Ukraine from world map

Jul. 30, 2022 23:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Friday there should no longer be any doubt that Russia intends to dismantle Ukraine “and dissolve it from the world map entirely.” Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the U.N. Security Council that the United States...

UN extends Libya mission for 3 months at Russia's insistence

Jul. 28, 2022 21:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to extend its political mission in Libya, but at Russia's insistence for only three months rather than a year-long mandate. The council's three African members abstained to protest Russia’s blocking the longer...

'New Cold War': Russia and West vie for influence in Africa

Jul. 28, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for influence on the continent since the Cold War. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey...

Liberia marks its founding and independence amid challenges

Jul. 26, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

LOUISIANA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia is celebrating two major anniversaries this year — 200 years ago freed slaves from the U.S. arrived here and 25 years later they declared the country to be independent. Amid the festivities for Independence Day on Tuesday, many Liberians say the...

After years of delay 6 rights groups get UN accreditation

Jul. 22, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

After years of delays, six human rights organizations — including the foundation that runs the online encyclopedia Wikipedia — have finally received permission to raise concerns and participate in discussions at the U.N. body overseeing economic development and social issues. The...

Jill Biden, Ukraine's first lady meet again, this time at WH

Jul. 19, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden and Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine, met again Tuesday, this time at the White House, following up after their first-ever meeting in eastern Europe on Mother's Day. President Joe Biden, who has said the United States will support Ukraine in...

West bows to Russian call for 6-months aid to Syrian rebels

Jul. 11, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Supporters of a one-year extension of humanitarian aid deliveries from Turkey to 4.1 million Syrians in the rebel-held northwest gave in to Russia's demand for a six-month extension, paving the way for quick approval of a new U.N. resolution Tuesday Ireland...

UN fails to extend aid deliveries to Syrian rebel-held area

Jul. 08, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council failed in two rival votes Friday to extend humanitarian aid deliveries from Turkey to 4.1 million Syrians in the rebel-held northwest, with the U.S. ambassador warning that “people will die because of this vote.” After days of...