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Diplomats defend, deplore North Korea's human rights record

May. 9, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations has defended his country's human rights record and likened economic sanctions over its nuclear program to "crimes." Ambassador Han Tae Song said in Geneva that North Korea's government made a "devoted effort for the good of the people" and "human...

Head of embattled UNAIDS to leave post immediately

May. 8, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' AIDS agency said Wednesday its executive director is leaving the post immediately, following allegations he mishandled sexual assault claims at the agency that is tasked with helping end the HIV epidemic. UNAIDS said Michel Sidibe will become health minister in his native...

UN environment agency warns of effects of rising sand use

May. 7, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s environment program is warning about the overuse of sand resources, saying a three-fold increase in demand over the last 20 years amid increasing population, urbanization and building work has contributed to beach erosion, flooding and drought. In a new report launched Tuesday,...

Ebola outbreak deaths top 1,000 in Congo amid clinic attacks

May. 3, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — More than 1,000 people have died from Ebola in eastern Congo since August, the country's health minister said Friday as hostility toward health workers continues to hamper efforts to contain the second-deadliest outbreak of the virus. Health Minister Oly Ilunga told The Associated...

The Latest: Ebola deaths top 1,000 in Congo outbreak

May. 3, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the Ebola outbreak in Congo (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Congo's Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have died in an Ebola outbreak that started in August. Health Minister Oly Ilunga confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the number of infected people who have...

Heavy rains disrupt aid for survivors of Mozambique cyclones

Apr. 30, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

PEMBA, Mozambique (AP) — Rains pounded parts of northern Mozambique on Tuesday, several days after Cyclone Kenneth struck the southern African nation, while the U.N. said aid workers faced difficulties in reaching thousands of survivors and the death toll rose to 41, the government said. The rains and...

UN conference to consider plan to minimize plastic waste

Apr. 29, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Over 180 countries have opened a U.N.-backed conference on waste and hazardous chemicals amid hopes it could produce a sweeping agreement toward minimizing generation of plastic waste, which has formed a gigantic mass of litter floating in the ocean. Rolph Payet of the United Nations...

US wins WTO case against China over grain exports

Apr. 18, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Trade Organization handed the United States a win Thursday in a trade dispute with China, ruling that Beijing did not fairly administer quotas on U.S. wheat, rice and corn. The WTO, the Geneva organization that oversees the rules of global trade, found that China had not been...

UN says Congo's Ebola outbreak not yet a global emergency

Apr. 12, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency but is of "deep concern," the World Health Organization said Friday. Following a meeting of its expert committee, the U.N. health agency called for efforts to be redoubled to stop the deadly virus,...

The Latest: WHO says Ebola outbreak not yet global emergency

Apr. 12, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Ebola outbreak in Congo (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The World Health Organization says that while the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is of "deep concern" the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. Following a meeting of its expert committee on...