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The Latest: Kansas welfare agency says children's needs met

Jun. 23, 2018 4:27 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Kansas' child welfare agency has concluded after an inspection that immigrant children housed in...

UN: Basic human rights being 'chiseled away' in Venezuela

Jun. 22, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences as the rule of law in the country quickly vanishes, a United Nations report charged Friday, drawing a rejection from Caracas. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human...

UN puts together a 'Youth World Cup' in New York

Jun. 22, 2018 4:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — While the World Cup plays out in Russia, dozens of New York City children are set to play in a U.N.-sponsored youth version of the global soccer tournament. It's happening Saturday at the city's Randalls Island park and is being organized by Monaco's U.N. mission with help from the...

UN chief to meet with US secretary of state

Jun. 22, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss "issues of mutual concern" that will likely include the Middle East peace process and North Korea. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says the meeting is scheduled...

Council of Europe experts: Hungary must repeal anti-NGO law

Jun. 22, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A group of experts advising the Council of Europe called on Hungary on Friday to repeal its so-called "Stop Soros" law, which threatens to incarcerate people helping refugees. The Venice Commission's opinion of the law adopted Wednesday said certain provisions "disproportionally"...

UN expert slams US on poverty, quitting global rights body

Jun. 22, 2018 11:15 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A human rights expert criticized the United States on Friday for failing to tackle poverty and giving tax cuts to the wealthy — comments that came only days after Washington quit the U.N. body that appointed him. High U.S. income inequality "can only be made worse" by the Trump...

After US, Israel also backs away from UN human rights body

Jun. 22, 2018 10:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Diplomats said Friday that Israel has temporarily reduced its participation with the U.N.'s main human rights body, days after the United States pulled out largely over its allegation that the Human Rights Council is biased against Israel. The diplomats in Geneva, speaking on condition of...

UN dismayed by reports of 220 migrants drowning off Libya

Jun. 22, 2018 4:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says survivors have reported that some 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in recent days and is expressing shock at the mass drownings. A statement by UNHCR released on Thursday said the migrants drowned in separate incidents earlier this week. The agency has...

Suu Kyi says outside hate narratives driving Myanmar tension

Jun. 21, 2018 8:42 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A social media account run by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi quotes her as saying that "hate narratives from outside the country" have fueled tensions between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine communities in the country's west. The Facebook page of the State...

UN Yemen envoy: 'Confident' pact can be reached on port city

Jun. 21, 2018 7:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen said Thursday he fears "severe" humanitarian and political fallout if fighting intensifies in the crucial port city of Hodeida, but he's confident a pact can be forged to prevent increased violence. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths has been trying to broker a...