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Mounting Venezuela exodus sparks fears of rising xenophobia

Oct. 17, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Freddy Brito had just finished belting out tunes on a bus in Peru's capital and was crossing a street on his one good leg when the driver of a blue taxi sped up and veered toward the singer. "Veneco!" the man yelled, using a derogatory word for Venezuelans. "Get out of here!" Brito...

UN labor body: Qatar pledges to end 'kafala' employment laws

Oct. 16, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The energy-rich nation of Qatar is pledging to fully eliminate a labor system that ties foreign workers to their employer and requires them to have their company's permission to leave the country. That's according to the United Nations' International Labor Organization,...

Africans fail to get UN support for AU-UN envoy for Libya

Oct. 16, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — African members of the Security Council tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to appoint a joint African Union-United Nations envoy for conflict-torn Libya, in an apparent attempt to replace current U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame. South Africa, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea were following up...

The Latest: US envoy urges Turkey to stop Syria offensive

Oct. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 12:45 a.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging Turkey to halt its offensive in northeastern Syria "and declare a cease-fire immediately." Kelly Craft said Wednesday that a delegation led by Vice...

Haitian funerals turn to protests as mourners, police clash

Oct. 16, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Police clashed with mourners Wednesday as thousands across Haiti attended funerals for protesters who have died in demonstrations aimed at ousting President Jovenel Moïse. Funerals for 11 of at least 20 people killed were held in six cities, including the capital of...

Libyan official: Tripoli is restricting our oil revenues

Oct. 16, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The head of Libya's parallel government in the east said rival, U.N.-backed authorities in Tripoli have restricted oil revenues to areas under its control, as eastern-allied militias battle to seize control of the capital. Libya remains split between two governments — one...

Afghan refugee's 'Dream' coffee shop in Iran becomes reality

Oct. 16, 2019 2:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With each serving of French press coffee poured delicately into a cup with steamed milk, 21-year-old Afghan refugee Fatemeh Jafari lives out a dream in her basement coffee shop in Tehran that is out of reach for millions like her in Iran. More than 3 million Afghans, including as many...

UN: 200 million children under 5 eat too little or too much

Oct. 15, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — One-third of children worldwide under age 5 — about 200 million youngsters — are either undernourished or overweight, undermining their full potential to grow and develop, the U.N. children's agency said in a report Tuesday. UNICEF also said almost two-thirds of children...

Haiti president breaks silence, says will not resign

Oct. 15, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — President Jovenel Moïse broke his silence Tuesday and said it would be irresponsible for him to resign amid Haiti's unrest, which has entered a fifth week of deadly protests that have paralyzed the economy and shuttered schools. Moïse said during a surprise news...

Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its...