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UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sites

Mar. 22, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers." Speaking a week after the terrorist...

Trump's Golan statement draws strong regional condemnation

Mar. 22, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday. The Syrian government called it "irresponsible" and a threat to international...

The Latest: UN chief visits mosque and urges global safety

Mar. 22, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 7:45 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has gone to the first mosque built in New York City to urge people "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship" a week after a gunman killed 50 Muslim...

Q&A: Golan Heights an area of beauty, strategic value

Mar. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights turns the tables on decades of U.S. diplomacy and international law and threatens to further inflame regional tensions. It is unlikely, though, to have much impact on the actual status of...

Belgian carnival may lose UN recognition amid anti-Semitism

Mar. 22, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The U.N.'s cultural agency said Friday it could remove Belgium's famed Aalst carnival from its cultural heritage list following accusations of anti-Semitism during a parade. UNESCO, Jewish organizations and European authorities have condemned the supposed anti-Semitic and racist nature of a...

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...

UN: Ebola increasing in Congo due to 'security challenges'

Mar. 22, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Ebola has spiked in Congo in recent days because of "increased security challenges," a week after its director-general predicted the outbreak might be contained within six months. The U.N. health agency said in an update late Thursday the recent attacks on...

China to investigate firms sanctioned by US over North Korea

Mar. 22, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it will look into charges against two Chinese firms sanctioned by the U.S. because they are suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions. China upholds all United Nations Security Council sanctions against the North over its nuclear and missile programs, Foreign...

North Korea, seeking food aid, links sanctions to shortages

Mar. 22, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Kumkhop Trading Co. President Ri Jong Ho sweeps his hand over a table full of foods produced at his factory. There's a bowl of assorted candies and rice cakes, a plate of sausages and ham, slices of a French baguette and Russian dark bread. "We are doing fine," he says with a...

The Latest: Cyclone Idai death toll rises to over 550

Mar. 21, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Reports from the United Nations and African governments say Cyclone Idai's death toll has risen to over 550 people. A U.N. official says Cyclone Idai has killed 242 people in Mozambique...