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3 more killed as Nicaragua's political unrest hits 2 months

Jun. 19, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Three people were shot dead in the city of Masaya as security forces and allied groups tried to regain control of the area, a human rights group reported Tuesday, the two-month anniversary of political unrest that has shaken Nicaragua. Alvaro Leiva, director of the Nicaraguan...

The Latest: EU says it's committed to Human Rights Council

Jun. 19, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations' main human rights body (all times EDT): 6:35 p.m. The European Union says the Trump administration's decision to pull the United States out of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council "risks undermining the role of the U.S. as a...

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

Jun. 19, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley, Trump's...

Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

Jun. 19, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China edged closer Tuesday to triggering the riskiest trade war in decades, a fight that could weaken the world's two largest economies, unsettle relations between Beijing and Washington and crimp global growth. The collateral damage could be widespread. If the...

Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport

Jun. 19, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fierce fighting raged Tuesday outside the airport of the crucial Yemeni city of Hodeida as thousands of pro-government fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition battled Iranian-allied Shiite rebels for control of the Red Sea port — the main passageway for food and aid supplies in...

UN envoy: Palestinian refugees 'weeks away' from major cuts

Jun. 19, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is "weeks away from painful cuts" to its emergency assistance for Gaza and refugees elsewhere because of an unprecedented gap in its budget of more than $250 million, the U.N. Mideast envoy said Tuesday. Nikolay Mladenov told the Security...

White House Mideast team holds talks with Jordanian king

Jun. 19, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, kicked off a swing through the Middle East on Tuesday, meeting with Jordan's king as part of a broader effort to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Kushner and White House envoy Jason...

Afghan officials in Pakistan for talks on peace efforts

Jun. 19, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says top security officials are in Pakistan for talks on reviving the peace process with the Taliban. Feroz Bashari, a government spokesman, says National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, intelligence chief Masoum Stanikzai and Interior Minister Wais Ahmad...

UN chief: Highest number of conflicts globally in 30 years

Jun. 19, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The number of countries involved in "violent conflicts" is the highest in 30 years, while the number of people killed in conflicts has risen tenfold since 2005, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday. Antonio Guterres added that the number of "violent situations" classifiable as...

China hopes for implementation of NKorea-US summit outcome

Jun. 19, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday he hopes Pyongyang and Washington can fully implement the outcome of last week's nuclear summit at which Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization in exchange for U.S. security guarantees. State broadcaster CCTV...