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Sudan military leader fires 6 diplomats who criticized coup

Oct. 28, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s strongman fired at least six ambassadors, including the envoys to the U.S., the European Union and France, after they condemned the military's takeover of the country, a military official said Thursday. The diplomats pledged their support for the...

UN: Syria constitution drafting process 'big disappointment'

Oct. 22, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The first round of talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to draft constitutional reforms in Geneva ended in disappointment and no new date has been set for the next meeting, the United Nations envoy for Syria said Friday. The talks...

FIFA, Qatar team up with WHO for World Cup health promotion

Oct. 18, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA and Qatari organizers of next year's World Cup teamed up with the World Health Organization on Monday to use soccer’s marquee event for promoting public health. The move follows years of scrutiny on Qatar and criticism of conditions for hundreds of...

US reaffirms support for easing WTO rules on COVID vaccines

Oct. 14, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.S. trade official said Thursday the Biden administration remains committed to an easing of rules that protect the technology behind coronavirus vaccines so that they can be produced more widely. But ambassador Katherine Tai insisted that “we...

Russia, WHO differ on when approval will come for Sputnik V

Oct. 13, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is ready to provide up to 300 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, a top Russian official promoting the shot says, even though the World Health Organization hasn’t yet signed off on it and production issues have fanned customers'...

WHO honors Henrietta Lacks, woman whose cells served science

Oct. 13, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The chief of the World Health Organization on Wednesday honored the late Henrietta Lacks, an American woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge during the 1950s and ended up providing the foundation for vast scientific breakthroughs, including research about...

Libyan rivals ink initial deal on pullout of mercenaries

Oct. 10, 2021 04:23 AM EDT

ABOARD GEO BARENTS (AP) — Libya’s rival sides reached an initial agreement on the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries from the North African nation, the United Nations said. It is a key step toward unifying the violence-wracked country. The dispute over...

Swiss-backed project aims to avert new 'Cold War' in science

Oct. 08, 2021 04:35 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s foreign minister says concerns about a “new Cold War” over science and technology are a major reason behind the creation of a new think tank that looks out for future advances and development — so that the whole world can benefit, not just rich countries....

The Latest: Biden makes economic case for vaccinations

Oct. 07, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Il. — President Joe Biden is championing the fight against COVID-19, requiring workplace vaccination requirements to force the roughly 67 million unvaccinated American adults to roll up their sleeves. Biden is delivering that message in Illinois,...

Key airline group targets net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

Oct. 04, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The world’s largest association of airlines said Monday that it is aiming for the air transport industry to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, while acknowledging it will be a “huge challenge.” The International Air Transport Association, which...