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Greek island refugee camp too crowded to house newcomers

Sep. 20, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A perpetually overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can't accommodate any more newly arrived asylum-seekers after the number of people already housed exceeded the camp's intended capacity by 400%, authorities said Friday. Migrants who made it to Lesbos were sleeping...

Rival UN resolutions on Syria cease-fire go down to defeat

Sep. 19, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rival humanitarian resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib were defeated in the Security Council Thursday, reflecting the deep divisions that have prevented the U.N.'s most powerful body from taking action to end the eight-year Syrian conflict....

US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian 'act of war'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was "unquestionably sponsored...

The Latest: Trump says it's 'looking like' Iran is to blame

Sep. 16, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 3:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says it's "looking like" Iran was responsible for the attacks on key oil installations in Saudi Arabia, but he says he...

Saudi Arabia: Drone attacks knocked out half its oil supply

Sep. 14, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires and halting about half of the supplies from the world's largest exporter of oil. The attacks were the latest of...

UN chief launches Syria inquiry amid protests over secrecy

Sep. 13, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres selected a Nigerian general Friday to lead a U.N. investigation into attacks on hospitals and other civilian sites in Syria's last opposition stronghold in the northwest amid protests that its findings will be kept secret. U.N. spokesman Stephane...

New US envoy Kelly Craft says she will be voice for freedom

Sep. 12, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kelly Craft presented her credentials Thursday as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and said she is coming to the world organization "as a voice of America's unwavering commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights and, whenever possible, peaceful resolution of...

The Latest: Widespread blackouts as Dorian continues march

Sep. 8, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The Latest on Dorian (all times local): 5:20 a.m. Dorian is continuing to weaken as it moves toward Canada's Newfoundland island, but forecasters caution that it still remains "powerful." The post-tropical cyclone has top sustained winds of 80 mph (129 kph) and is moving...

Yemeni medics say 130 bodies pulled after deadly airstrike

Sep. 7, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemeni medics said Saturday they have pulled at least 130 bodies from the rubble of a rebel-run detention center that was hit earlier this month by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in the country's southwest. The attack was one of the deadliest in more than four years of war in Yemen that have...

The Latest: Winds buffet New England as Dorian speeds north

Sep. 7, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 2:25 a.m. Hurricane Dorian is producing tropical storm-force winds in southeastern Massachusetts as it speeds toward eastern Canada. The Category 1 storm was around 170 miles (275 kilometers) southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts,...