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The Latest: Cyclone Idai death toll rises to over 550

Mar. 21, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Reports from the United Nations and African governments say Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen to over 550 people. A U.N. official says Cyclone Idai has killed 242 people in Mozambique...

The Latest: UN calls on Venezuelan parties to lower tensions

Mar. 21, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The United Nations says it learned "with concern" about reports that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido's chief of staff has been detained, and it renewed a call for all parties "to lower tensions...

UN food agency cites progress in Yemen

Mar. 21, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s World Food Program says progress has been made in Yemen, months after he accused Houthi rebels of stealing food from the hungry by diverting aid. David Beasley, the executive director of the WFP, nevertheless told The Associated Press in Cairo on Thursday that Yemen is...

Sri Lanka averts rift spilling over to UN rights session

Mar. 20, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's leader has kept his country's political rift from spilling over to a U.N. human rights council meeting this week by abandoning plans to oppose the prime minister's decision to co-sponsor a resolution giving the nation more time to address war crime allegations stemming...

UN rights chief: US sanctions could deepen Venezuelan crisis

Mar. 20, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' high commissioner for human rights said Wednesday that recent U.S. sanctions that are aimed at toppling Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threaten to deepen the nation's crisis. Commissioner Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council of the U.N. that...

Foreign aid begins flowing to cyclone-hit southern Africa

Mar. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — International aid has started trickling into the east African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to ease the humanitarian crisis created by floodwaters from Cyclone Idai . Relief efforts that were initially stifled by airport closures slowly gained steam Wednesday and foreign...

'There is death all over': Cyclone Idai toll rises above 300

Mar. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — Mozambique began three days of national mourning on Wednesday for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, while the death toll in neighboring Zimbabwe rose to more than 100 from one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades. Torrential rains were...

The Latest: Views of Bosnia war crimes case vary within govt

Mar. 20, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. court's decision on the conviction and sentencing of ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The Muslim member of Bosnia's multi-ethnic presidency says former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic "got the punishment he...

Bosnia divided over UN ruling on wartime leader Karadzic

Mar. 20, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A U.N. court's decision Wednesday to uphold the genocide and war crimes convictions of ex-Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and sentence him to life behind bars was applauded by survivors of Bosnia's bloody '90s war — but blasted by the country's Serbs as...

The Latest: UN will press global community for cyclone aid

Mar. 20, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on Cyclone Idai and the flooding damage to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi (all times local): 7:10 p.m. United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says the U.N. will ask the international community for money to help victims of Cyclone Idai but "at this stage what we want to...