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Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city

Jul. 15, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — After feeling sick for several days the pastor boarded a bus to eastern Congo's largest city. Only upon arrival at his destination did anyone suspect he had the highly deadly and infectious Ebola virus. During his trip to Goma, the 46-year-old preacher managed to pass three different...

The Latest: US, EU promise support to tackle Ebola

Jul. 15, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Ebola (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The top U.S. diplomat in Geneva says the United States will "provide more in the coming months" to help respond to the Ebola outbreak, while the European Union ambassador says the bloc will examine possibilities to scale up its response....

EU gives counterterror support package to Sri Lanka

Jul. 15, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union said Monday that it has agreed to provide an 8.5 million euro ($9.6 million) package to help Sri Lanka battle terrorism following Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people. It said EU officials held talks on Monday with Sri Lanka's acting...

19 hurt by falling tree branch at Azerbaijan UNESCO site

Jul. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's emergency service says 19 tourists visiting one of UNESCO's newest World Heritage sites have been injured after strong winds knocked down a massive branch from a nearly 500-year-old Oriental Plane tree. It says the accident took place Sunday at the Khan's Palace in the...

S. Korea, Japan fail to resolve growing trade dispute

Jul. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan on Friday failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese export restrictions that could hurt South Korean technology companies, as Seoul called for an investigation by the United Nations or another international body. Tokyo last week tightened the...

Business Highlights

Jul. 12, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

___ Report: FTC approves roughly $5B fine for Facebook SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Wall Street Journal report says that the FTC has voted this week to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations. The report Friday cites an unnamed person familiar with the matter. Facebook and the FTC...

UN Security Council visits Colombia as peace worries mount

Jul. 12, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Maria del Pilar Hurtado's son screamed in anguish at the sight of his mother's dead body on a dirt road in the poor community in northern Colombia the family called home. He kicked his feet on the ground and grasped his face in his hands. Passersby stopped and watched the boy's...

37 countries rally around China at top UN human rights body

Jul. 12, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — More than three dozen countries have defended China's "remarkable achievements" in human rights, challenging Western countries that have raised concerns about Beijing's treatment of Uighur Muslims. Thirty-seven countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia and others, mostly from southeast Asia,...

Sweden says it won't sign UN nuclear ban treaty

Jul. 12, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden said Friday that it will refrain from signing a United Nations convention on nuclear weapons, with the foreign minister arguing that the treaty "in its current form is not ready." Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the text has "no clear definition of nuclear weapons...

Duterte critics laud UN vote to scrutinize drug killings

Jul. 12, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Critics of the Philippine president's deadly anti-drug campaign said Friday that a vote by the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects is a crucial step toward bringing perpetrators to justice and helping end the killings. President Rodrigo...