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A resident walks past a cross during a memorial service honoring the victims of the 2010 earthquake, at Titanyen, a mass burial site north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that destroyed an estimated 100,000 homes across the capital and southern Haiti, including some of the country's most iconic structures. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

UN chief urges Haitians to resist escalation at quake event

Jan. 17, 2020 7:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres used a U.N. ceremony Friday marking the 10th anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake to urge Haitians to resolve differences through dialogue and “resist any escalation that could reverse the gains of the past decade.” The U.N....

Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 7:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change have submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations in Switzerland. The complaint was filed Wednesday, The Advocate reported....

National Guards get on a truck in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 as they deploy along southern border with Guatemala. United States officials are crediting tough measures taken over the past year and cooperation from regional governments for sharply reducing the number of Central American migrants who responded to a call for a new caravan. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico readies for Central American migrants at south border

Jan. 17, 2020 5:23 PM EST

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Border security forces in southern Mexico were preparing Friday for the expected arrival of hundreds of Central Americans traveling through Guatemala and vowed to prevent a repeat of the headline-grabbing “caravans” of past years when massive flows of migrants...

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, meets with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, second left, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

Jan. 17, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s surprise trip to Greece came two days before the...

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping  during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Chinese president heads to Myanmar for crucial state visit

Jan. 17, 2020 6:44 AM EST

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — China's President Xi Jinping was given a lavish welcome to Myanmar as he arrived Friday for a state visit meant to deepen bilateral relations at a critical time. The visit nominally marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Myanmar,...

In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 photo, newly constructed buildings stand on Bhasan Char, or floating island, in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. The island in Bangladesh that was regularly submerged during monsoon seasons is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to begin relocating people from crowded and squalid camps on the country's border with Myanmar, officials said Thursday. The island is built to accommodate 100,000 people, just a fraction of the million Rohingya Muslims who have fled waves of violent persecution in their native Myanmar. (AP Photo/Saleh Noman)


“Bhasan Char is ready for habitation. Everything has been put in place,” Bangladesh refugee, relief and repatriation commissioner Mahbub Alam Talukder told The Associated Press.

Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya

Jan. 17, 2020 12:06 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi island regularly submerged by monsoon rains is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to relocate people from the crowded and squalid camps where they've lived for years, officials said Thursday. Flood protection embankments, houses,...

UN: Global economic growth in 2019 was lowest of the decade

Jan. 16, 2020 7:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global economy recorded its lowest growth of the decade in 2019, falling to 2.3% as a result of protracted trade disputes and a slowdown in domestic investment, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N.'s annual report, the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020, forecast a...

UN official warns Yemen could face brink of famine again

Jan. 16, 2020 5:03 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — War-battered Yemen could face the threat of famine again because of the rapid depreciation of its currency and disruptions to salary payments, a senior U.N. humanitarian official warned the Security Council on Thursday. At the same time, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen reported a...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, and Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi deliver statements to the press, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Merkel upbeat over cease-fire pledge ahead of Libya meeting

Jan. 16, 2020 1:22 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed assurances Thursday from Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter that he would stick to a cease-fire as world powers prepare to gather in Berlin for a summit on the North African nation's future. Merkel's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, visited Libya's eastern city...

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Kashmiris shout slogans against India revoking Muslim-majority Kashmir's semi-autonomous status during a protest on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. India on Thursday asked China to avoid raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations Security Council, insisting it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin, File)

India asks China to avoid raising Kashmir dispute at U.N.

Jan. 16, 2020 7:04 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday asked China to avoid raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations Security Council, insisting it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. The government issued a statement Thursday, a day after China requested a review by the U.N. Security Council of the...