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EU watchdog to probe trade pact with South American nations

Jul. 10, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s independent watchdog has launched an inquiry into the bloc’s trade agreement with the Mercosur group of South American countries after environmental and rights groups complained that the deal does not respect the EU’s legal obligations. The European...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, file photo, a worker works with palm oil fruits at a collection center in Dangkil, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, anti-trafficking organization Liberty Shared said it filed a petition to ban the importation of palm oil produced by Malaysia-based Sime Darby Berhad, one of the world’s largest suppliers, saying it found evidence of child and forced labor on plantations that supply American food and cosmetics companies. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian palm oil giant hit with forced labor allegations

Jul. 8, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An anti-trafficking organization has filed a petition to ban the importation of palm oil produced by one of the world’s largest suppliers, saying it found evidence of child and forced labor on plantations that supply American food and cosmetics companies. The petition against...

24 organizations urge UN chief to blacklist Saudi coalition

Jun. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two dozen human rights and humanitarian organizations urged Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday to reconsider his decision to take the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s government off a global blacklist of parties whose actions have killed or injured children in...

FILE - In this April 12, 2017 photo people gather to protest against then planned new NGO and CEU laws, at the Heroes Square in Budapest. The European Union's Court of Justice says that restrictions imposed by Hungary on the foreign funding of non-governmental organizations does not comply with EU law. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP,file)

Hungary law on NGOs' foreign funding found to break EU rules

Jun. 18, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Restrictions imposed by Hungary on the foreign funding of non-governmental organizations do not comply with EU law, the Court of Justice of the European Union said Thursday. The Luxembourg-based court said that Hungarian regulations — in effect since 2017 and nominally meant...

Tanzania opposition leader banned from comment ahead of vote

May. 29, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Tanzanian court has found an opposition leader guilty of sedition and banned him from making public statements for one year, just months ahead of the presidential election. The magistrates court released Zitto Kabwe, leader of the ACT-Wazalendo party, on the condition that he does...

Delegates wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus leave after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

China may pass bill to crack down on Hong Kong opposition

May. 21, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature will take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in Hong Kong, a move that could limit opposition activity in the semi-autonomous territory and signals the central government's determination to take greater control after months of pro-democracy...