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The Latest: UN Security Council to discuss Sudan on Tuesday

Oct. 25, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency closed-door meeting on the coup in Sudan for Tuesday afternoon. Diplomats said late Monday that the consultations were requested by the United States, United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Norway and...

Former top UN official appointed next UN envoy for Myanmar

Oct. 25, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday announced the appointment of former U.N. undersecretary-general Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore as the new U.N. special envoy for conflict-torn Myanmar. She will succeed Christine Schraner Burgener of...

Sudan's military takes power in coup, arrests prime minister

Oct. 25, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s military seized power Monday, dissolving the transitional government hours after troops arrested the prime minister, and thousands flooded the streets to protest the coup that threatened the country’s shaky progress toward democracy. Security...

Judge to sentence neo-Nazi group members under terrorism law

Oct. 25, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Two neo-Nazi group members intended to engage in terrorist activity before FBI agents arrested them ahead of a pro-gun rally in Virginia, a federal judge concluded Monday. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang’s decision to apply a “terrorism...

Guatemalan town calm under martial law after mining dispute

Oct. 25, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

EL ESTOR, Guatemala (AP) — Police and soldiers frisked people at checkpoints and a tense calm reigned in the streets of this lakeside town Monday after protests against a mining project erupted into violence over the weekend. Guatemala’s government imposed martial law...

EXPLAINER: How months of tensions led to Sudan's coup

Oct. 25, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Monday’s military coup in Sudan threatens to wreck the country’s fragile transition to democracy, more than two years after a popular uprising forced the removal of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The move comes after months of mounting tensions...

Unusual small pro-military rallies held in Myanmar

Oct. 25, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Rare demonstrations in support of Myanmar's military-installed government were held Monday in several of the country's towns and cities, as militants opposed to the army’s February seizure of power continued their resistance. The relatively small...

ASEAN leaders hold summit with Myanmar’s general shut out

Oct. 25, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders are holding their annual meeting this week without Myanmar’s top general, who seized power in February and shattered hopes for one of Asia’s most dramatic democratic transitions, and was excluded for refusing to take steps to end the...

Road-blocking climate protesters resume campaign in London

Oct. 25, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Environmental protesters pressuring the British government to insulate all homes within a decade resumed a road-blocking campaign in London on Monday ahead of the United Nations' annual climate conference. As commuters headed to work, demonstrators from...

Guatemala sets curfew in province after protests

Oct. 24, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government declared a month-long, dawn-to-dusk curfew Sunday and banned pubic gatherings in the northern coastal province of Izabal, following two days of protests against a mining project. Thousands of police confronted...