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Is climate change bad for democracy? Future-watchers see threats, and some opportunities

Sep. 29, 2023 18:47 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Instability driven by climate change could threaten democracies in the future, even though representative governments are best equipped to provide solutions, experts gathered at an annual conference have argued. The Athens Democracy Forum, an event backed by...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 29, 2023 11:49 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Conspiracy...

Russia hosts the Taliban for talks on regional threats and says it will keep funding Afghanistan

Sep. 29, 2023 09:18 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Moscow will keep helping Afghanistan on its own and through the U.N. food agency, Russian officials said Friday as they hosted Taliban representatives for talks on regional threats. The talks in the Russian city of Kazan came as Moscow is trying to maintain its...

186.000 migrants and refugees arrived in southern Europe so far this year, most in Italy, UN says

Sep. 28, 2023 23:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency said Thursday that some 186,000 migrants and refugees arrived in southern Europe so far this year, the vast majority in Italy. Between January and Sept. 24, over 2,500 people seeking to cross the Mediterranean were found dead or are...

As migration surges in Americas, 'funds simply aren't there' for humanitarian response, UN says

Sep. 28, 2023 20:16 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Countries in the Americas are reeling as the flow of migrants reaches historic levels, but international “funds simply aren’t there” for humanitarian needs, a United Nations official said. Ugochi Daniels, deputy director of operations for the International...

Thai police say drug bust nets methamphetamine, crystal meth and heroin worth $8.2 million

Sep. 28, 2023 07:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Thursday they made one of the country’s biggest ever seizures of illicit drugs, a haul including methamphetamine, crystal meth and heroin, with a total estimated street value of about 300 million baht ($8.2 million). The police said the...

Gang violence in Haiti is escalating and spreading with a significant increase in killings, UN says

Sep. 27, 2023 22:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Gang violence in Haiti is escalating and spreading from the capital Port-au-Prince through the center of the country to its two other major cities, Gonaives and Cap-Hatien, with a significant increase in killings, kidnappings and rapes in the past few months, the U.N. chief...

UN summit of world leaders, by the numbers: The longest speech, the language that dominated and more

Sep. 27, 2023 11:59 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly all the world's on stage, and all the men and but 20 women merely players. That's what a less-inspired Shakespeare might have written about this year's U.N. General Assembly meeting of leaders, which concluded Tuesday. Over six days, a cavalcade of...

Britain approves new North Sea oil drilling in welcome news for the industry but not activists

Sep. 27, 2023 11:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a major oil and gas project in the North Sea, ignoring warnings from scientists and the United Nations that countries must stop developing new fossil fuel resources if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. The...

Who’s being listened to on the global stage? Increasingly not who you might think

Sep. 27, 2023 11:50 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Togo's foreign minister wasn't having any of it. He talked of an accelerating “African awakening,” of a resolve to “fight our own battles,” of a refusal to be banished to the children's table while the musclebound great powers of the 20th century moved chess pieces...