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UN tells Italy proposed decree violates migrants' rights

May. 19, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian interior ministry vowed Sunday to press ahead with a new decree formalizing the closure of Italian ports to aid groups that rescue migrants, even after U.N. human rights investigators said it violated international law. Ministry officials said the security decree was "necessary and...

The Latest: Migrant boats intercepted in English Channel

May. 19, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 5:20 p.m. British and French authorities have stopped 29 migrants who tried to cross the English Channel is three small boats over the weekend. The French maritime authority for the Channel and North Sea said a patrol ship spotted a boat...

UN urges enforcement of Libyan arms embargo to curb fighting

May. 17, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is strongly urging all countries to implement an arms embargo against Libya, saying preventing the proliferation of weapons is important to de-escalate the current fighting and restore stability in the country. The U.N. chief expressed deep concern...

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

May. 17, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. officials and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold. The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated by Russia...

UN aid chief fears northwest Syria 'humanitarian nightmare'

May. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief says his worst fears that a full-scale military onslaught in northwestern Syria would "unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any we have seen" in Syria are now coming true. Mark Lowcock told a Security Council meeting Friday that escalating violence in...

UN human rights expert condemns attacks on Sudan protesters

May. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert has condemned attacks on Sudanese protesters that left six killed, including an army officer, earlier this week, calling on the ruling military council to ensure the protection of peaceful demonstrators. Aristide Nononsi, the U.N. independent expert on the human...

UN urges public inquiry into abuse by British troops in Iraq

May. 17, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A U.N. committee is calling for an independent public inquiry to investigate allegations of unlawful killings and torture by British troops in Iraq. The findings deal with the period after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The U.N.'s Committee Against Torture said in its report Friday...

UN says civilians targeted in airstrikes on Yemen's capital

May. 17, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it is "deeply saddened" by the targeting of civilians in recent airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which left at least six dead including four children, in Yemen's capital. The agency issued a statement Friday quoting its spokesman Andrej Mahecic as saying that...

The Latest: Saudis want Washington to launch strikes on Iran

May. 17, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has urged the United States and Iran to exercise restraint and resolve their all...

Russia challenges chemical watchdog on naming perpetrators

May. 17, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is seeking Security Council approval for a resolution that challenges the global chemical weapons watchdog for setting up an investigative team with the power to name perpetrators of chemical attacks. The draft resolution circulated to council members Thursday and obtained by...