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Cocked rifles and infrared cameras along Cyprus buffer zone stoke tensions that could spread farther

Jul. 15, 2024 00:58 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The clang of unseen assault rifles being cocked carries across the United Nations-controlled buffer zone in ethnically cleaved Cyprus, ratcheting up concerns that the embers of the island's stagnant conflict could again be rekindled. The rifles are just the...

The UN condemns increasing gang violence and criminal activity in Haiti that is undermining peace

Jul. 13, 2024 02:19 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning “in the strongest terms” the increasing gang violence and criminal activity in Haiti that is undermining peace, stability and security in the country and the region. Friday's resolution...

UN chief urges funds for Palestinians, saying Israel is forcing Gazans 'to move like human pinballs'

Jul. 13, 2024 01:11 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief appealed for funding Friday for the beleaguered U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees in Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East, accusing Israel of issuing evacuation orders that force Palestinians “to move like human pinballs across a landscape...

Terrorism and organized crime rampant in Sahel and spilling into West Africa coastal states, UN says

Jul. 12, 2024 20:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Terrorism and organized crime by violent extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State are a “pervasive threat” in Africa's volatile Sahel region and are spilling over to West Africa's coastal countries, the top U.N. envoy for the area warned Friday. ...

A truce in Congo ends in a week. Aid groups say it could be a lost opportunity to help civilians

Jul. 12, 2024 15:47 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A two-week truce in eastern Congo has heavily reduced fighting, but with a week left aid workers and local civil society groups say not much help has reached millions of people who are trapped in one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. The two-week...

Caribbean seeks help in fighting climate change after Hurricane Beryl devastates small islands

Jul. 12, 2024 14:39 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Caribbean officials on Friday demanded more access to funding and help in fighting climate change, weeks after Hurricane Beryl devastated the region. The urgent request was made at an OAS meeting in Washington, D.C., where officials noted that the...

The Latest | Israel says it will reopen border crossing with hard-hit northern Gaza

Jul. 12, 2024 12:13 PM EDT

Israel says it's taking steps to increase the flow of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, including reopening a key border crossing into hard-hit northern Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the plans early Friday, just hours after President Joe...

The Latest | Israel will send cease-fire negotiators to Cairo for more talks, Netanyahu says

Jul. 11, 2024 23:09 PM EDT

Israel will send a delegation to Cairo for further talks with mediators on a proposed deal with Hamas for a cease-fire and hostage release, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Thursday. Israel has been pressing ahead with a fresh offensive across the north, south and...

Head of US aid agency says Israel has pledged to improve safety for humanitarian workers in Gaza

Jul. 11, 2024 22:30 PM EDT

ASHDOD, Israel (AP) — The head of the U.S. agency overseeing American humanitarian assistance worldwide on Thursday said she has received Israeli pledges to allow aid workers to move more quickly and safely throughout the war-battered Gaza Strip. In an interview with The Associated...

Thousands mark 1995 Srebrenica genocide which is denied by Serbs, fueling ethnic tensions in Bosnia

Jul. 11, 2024 22:21 PM EDT

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of people from Bosnia and abroad gathered in Srebrenica on Thursday for the annual ritual of commemorating the 1995 genocide which Serb officials continue to deny, fueling ethnic tensions and deep divisions within the war-ravaged state. ...