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Yemeni officials say armed men kill rebel official in Sanaa

Oct. 27, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials said armed men shot dead a rebel official Tuesday as he was heading to his office in the capital Sanaa, the most senior Houthi to be killed in more than two years. Hassan Zaid, who leads the rebel-run Youth and Sports Ministry, died of his wounds immediately after armed...

Tanzanian opposition party says police kill 7 ahead of vote

Oct. 27, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — A major opposition party in Tanzania is accusing police of shooting dead at least seven citizens amid unrest over alleged fraud on the eve of the country’s presidential election. The ACT Wazalendo party on Tuesday also said police in the semi-autonomous island region...

A devotee applies vermilion on the face of another during Durga Puja festival in Mumbai, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The Hindu festival season is traditionally laced with an unmatched fanfare and extravaganza, with socializing being the hallmark of the celebration. But because of the coronavirus pandemic this year's festivities have started on a pale note. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India's daily infections at lowest in 3 months

Oct. 27, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — Authorities in India are reporting 36,470 newly confirmed coronavirus infections — that’s the lowest one-day tally in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. In its report Tuesday, the Health Ministry also listed 488 new fatalities from COVID-19 in the previous 24...

People, most of them pensioners, hold old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Factory workers, students and business owners in Belarus have started a general strike, calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign after more than two months of mass protests triggered by a disputed election. (AP Photo)

UN investigator says Belarus must stop repressing its people

Oct. 26, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights investigator for Belarus demanded Monday that the government “stop repressing its own people,” saying at least 20,000 were detained in August and September and hundreds reported beaten, intimidated, tortured or ill-treated in custody. Anais Marin...

Iran's Zarif urges UN to unite against US unilateral actions

Oct. 26, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister used his speech for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations to accuse the United States of initiating or joining eight wars since 200 that displaced 37 million people and resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and...

Palestinians push for international conference, US is open

Oct. 26, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister said Monday an international peace conference is the only way to generate momentum to bring Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement. The U.S. ambassador said the Trump administration has “no objection” to meeting...

FILE - In this Friday, April 4, 2014 file photo, the skulls and bones of some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge inside the church are laid out as a memorial to the thousands who were killed in and around the Catholic church during the 1994 genocide in Ntarama, Rwanda. France's highest court on Wednesday Sept.30, 2020 rejected Rwandan genocide suspect FĂ©licien Kabuga's appeal of a decision to extradite him to an international court in The Hague. Kabuga, one of the most-wanted fugitives in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, was arrested outside Paris in May after 25 years on the run. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Rwandan genocide suspect sent to UN court in The Hague

Oct. 26, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An 87-year-old Rwandan arrested in France was transferred to the custody of a United Nations court in the Netherlands on Monday, nearly 23 years after he was first indicted for his alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide in his country, the court announced. Félicien...

Members of Atomic Bomb survivors groups gather, holding a banner calling for Japanese government to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, with the Atomic Bomb Dome in background, in Hiroshima, western Japan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. The United Nations confirmed Saturday that 50 countries have ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, known as the TPNW, paving the way for its entry into force in 90 days. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing

Oct. 26, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it will not sign a U.N. treaty that bans nuclear weapons and does not welcome its entry into force next year, rejecting the wishes of atomic bomb survivors in Japan who are urging the government to join and work for a nuclear-free world. The United Nations confirmed Saturday...

Relatives bury Isaac Nolasco who died of reasons not believed related to COVID-19, in a section of the municipal cemetery Valle de Chalco amid the new coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Mexican families traditionally flock to local cemeteries to honor their dead relatives as part of the

The Latest: Mexico health officials acknowledge higher toll

Oct. 25, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to Sept. 26. Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to...

In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, the sun shines over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. At least 11 migrants trying to reach Europe, including a pregnant woman, drowned Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency said, making it the third migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea in a week. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

UN: 11 migrants drown off Libya; third shipwreck in week

Oct. 25, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — At least 11 migrants trying to reach Europe, including a pregnant woman, drowned Sunday when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency said, making it the third migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea in a week. Safa Msehli, spokeswoman for the International...