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In 'Killer Robots' debate, Japan shuns fully automated arms

Mar. 25, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Japan's ambassador to the United Nations-backed Conference on Disarmament says his country has not developed fully autonomous weapons systems and has no plans to do so. Nobushige Takamizawa spoke at Monday's opening of the latest weeklong meeting of government experts in Geneva on the future...

Rights body votes to beef up monitoring of Palestinian areas

Mar. 22, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The top U.N. human rights body on Friday requested a larger presence in Palestinian areas following an investigation that found Israeli soldiers may have committed war crimes in a deadly response to Gaza protests last year. The Human Rights Council made the request to U.N. High Commissioner...

Sri Lanka averts rift spilling over to UN rights session

Mar. 20, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's leader has kept his country's political rift from spilling over to a U.N. human rights council meeting this week by abandoning plans to oppose the prime minister's decision to co-sponsor a resolution giving the nation more time to address war crime allegations stemming...

UN: Gene editing for human reproduction is 'irresponsible'

Mar. 19, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it would be "irresponsible" for scientists to use gene editing for reproductive purposes, but stopped short of calling for a ban. The experts also called for the U.N. health agency to create a database of scientists working on gene...

UN hosts powers to discuss preventing an arms race in space

Mar. 18, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Government experts from 25 countries have opened a meeting to look at ways of preventing an arms race in space, amid uncertainty whether some of the world's biggest powers will actually find it in their national interests. The informal, closed-door talks over two weeks starting Monday at the...

Chinese envoy calls Muslim detention centers 'campuses'

Mar. 15, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat claimed Friday that detention centers for Muslims in China's western province of Xinjiang are "campuses, not camps" and said they are eventually going to be closed as a "training program" for ethnic Uighurs is downsized. At the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva,...

Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight, says WHO

Mar. 14, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Attacks on Ebola treatment centers in eastern Congo threaten to reverse the gains being made against the current outbreak of the deadly virus, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Thursday as a fourth assault on a health center was reported. Nearly 600 people have died...

Saudis held 3 court sessions on 'heinous' Khashoggi killing

Mar. 14, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission said Thursday that judicial authorities in the oil-rich kingdom have held three court sessions over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, describing it as an "unfortunate accident" and a "heinous crime." Bandar bin...

Israel opens criminal probe of 11 deaths in Gaza violence

Mar. 13, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Israeli authorities have opened criminal investigations of the deaths of 11 Palestinians who were killed by Israeli fire during protests along the Gaza border in the past year, a senior Israeli official said Wednesday. Israeli officials briefed journalists in Geneva to rebut allegations...

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

Mar. 10, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The...