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Pompeo urges fresh thinking on Mideast, warns Iran

Aug. 20, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that greater cooperation and "fresh thinking to solve old problems" are needed in the Middle East — but he also condemned Iran and its proxies for continuing "to foment terror and unrest" in the...

UN envoy: International aid for Venezuelans falls short

Aug. 20, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A United Nations special envoy warned Tuesday that the international response to the massive exodus of Venezuelans is falling far short of what countries like Colombia need to respond to the crisis. Eduardo Stein said Tuesday that Colombia has received less than a third of the...

US says anyone who 'touches' Iran tanker risks US sanctions

Aug. 20, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says anyone who "touches," supports or allows an Iranian tanker carrying crude oil to dock risks U.S. sanctions. He told reporters Tuesday that if an Iranian supertanker that left Gibraltar on Sunday again heads to Syria, "we'll take every action we...

UN envoy warns threat of Yemen's fragmentation gets stronger

Aug. 20, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen warned Tuesday that fragmentation of the war-torn Arab nation "is becoming a stronger and more pressing threat," making peace efforts that have been frustratingly slow more urgent than ever. Martin Griffiths told the Security Council that the world cannot...

Sri Lanka rejects criticism of army chief's appointment

Aug. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday hit out at foreign criticism of its appointment of a general accused of war abuses as the new army commander. The foreign ministry said in a statement that the decision to appoint a new commander was a sovereign decision by the head of state....

UN agency: Rival tribes clash in southern Libya; 90 killed

Aug. 20, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 90 people have died this month in southern Libya amid fighting between rival tribes. The fighting pits the Arab Alzway tribe against the sub-Saharan African Tabu tribe that inhabits a wide area stretching across Chad, Libya, Sudan and Niger and that...

General accused of war abuses named Sri Lanka's army chief

Aug. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president on Monday appointed a general accused of grave human rights abuses in the final stages of its long civil war as the country's new army chief, a move a top United Nations human rights official said is likely to impact contributions to U.N peacekeeping...

AP Explains: Brazil's environmental changes under Bolsonaro

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pressure is rising around the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro to comply with Brazil's pledge to fight global warming, as the international community gathers in the northern state of Bahia for a week-long UN workshop on climate change. Bolsonaro, a far-right climate skeptic,...

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

Aug. 19, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern...

UN blasts Libyan force's strikes on airport west of Tripoli

Aug. 18, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. mission in Libya has condemned airstrikes by the self-styled Libyan National Army on a militia-run airport west of the capital, Tripoli, saying the facility had no military targets. Last week, the Libyan force under commander Khalifa Hiftar said it bombed the Zuwara airport because it...