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50 years after Cyprus split in two, celebrations and lamentations coincide

Jul. 20, 2024 03:41 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The tinny howl of air raid sirens echoed across ethnically divided Cyprus at the crack of dawn on Saturday, marking 50 years from the day that changed the island nation's history. It's heard every year as the Greek Cypriot controlled south laments the date...

UN approves more transparent procedures for people and entities to get off its sanctions lists

Jul. 20, 2024 00:38 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved more transparent procedures Friday for the hundreds of individuals, companies and other entities who are subject to U.N. sanctions and want to get off the blacklists. The resolution, co-sponsored by...

Top UN court says Israel's presence in occupied Palestinian territories is illegal and should end

Jul. 19, 2024 22:18 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top United Nations court said Friday that Israel’s presence in the occupied Palestinian territories is unlawful and called on it to end, and for settlement construction to stop immediately, issuing an unprecedented, sweeping condemnation of Israel’s rule over...

UN panel calls on Belarus to release Nobel Peace laureate from prison

Jul. 19, 2024 12:36 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A United Nations panel of human rights experts called on Belarus to release the Nobel Peace Prize-winning founder of the country's most respected rights group, who has been behind bars for three years. Ales Bialiatski's imprisonment came amid a widespread...

A week of indirect talks involving Sudan's warring parties wraps up in Geneva

Jul. 19, 2024 09:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A week of indirect talks involving Sudan's warring parties ended in Geneva on Friday, the U.N. secretary-general's personal envoy said. He described the discussions as an “encouraging initial step” in a complex process. Representatives of the Sudanese army and...

UN court opens hearing to deliver advisory opinion on Israel’s occupation of lands sought for Palestinian state

Jul. 19, 2024 09:14 AM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — UN court opens hearing to deliver advisory opinion on Israel’s occupation of lands sought for Palestinian state.

Drought threatens millions of children as school dropouts rise along with hunger in southern Africa

Jul. 19, 2024 04:31 AM EDT

MUDZI, Zimbabwe (AP) — It’s Tuesday morning, and 5-year-old Talent should be in school. Instead, he's foraging for the fruit that his family is counting on for food now that crops have withered in the heat. Blame the El Nino phenomenon that altered weather worldwide for over a...

US announces $203 million in new aid to war-torn Sudan amid major humanitarian crisis

Jul. 18, 2024 20:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations announced nearly $203 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Sudan on Thursday but warned that the money is not a “panacea” and urged other countries to fulfill their financial pledges to address what she called “the...

Haiti's prime minister orders gangs to drop weapons and promises to take back control of the capital

Jul. 17, 2024 22:44 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille ordered gangs to surrender their weapons during a televised speech late Wednesday in which he acknowledged how dangerous life in Haiti’s capital and beyond has become and pledged to crack down on the rampant violence. ...

The Latest | Israeli delegation arrives in Cairo for Gaza cease-fire talks

Jul. 17, 2024 19:28 PM EDT

An Israeli delegation has arrived in Egypt to press ahead with cease-fire talks, as Israel and Hamas consider the latest proposal. That’s according to three Egyptian airport officials who did not provide further details. International mediators are pushing Israel and Hamas toward a phased deal...