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FILE- A cargo ship approaches the port of Piraeus as other ships are anchored, near Athens, Greece in this May 26, 2020 file photo. The United Nations is trying to figure out how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners trapped at sea because of COVID-19 virus restrictions that they face when they get home. Describing the desperation of seafarers who've been afloat for a year or more, Captain Hedi Marzougui pleaded their case Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at a U.N.-organized meeting with shipping executives and government transport officials.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Stuck at sea: Nations urged to help virus-stranded mariners

Sep. 24, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Another COVID-19 problem that the U.N. is trying to solve: how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners who are trapped at sea because of coronavirus restrictions. Describing the mounting desperation of seafarers who have been afloat for a year or more, Captain Hedi Marzougui pleaded their...

In this image made from UNTV video, Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote d'Ivoire, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday Sept. 24, 2020, at UN headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus 'apocalypse'

Sep. 24, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African nations came out swinging on the third day of the United Nations annual gathering of world leaders Thursday, calling for dramatic fiscal measures to help economies survive the coronavirus pandemic — which one leader called the “fifth horseman of the...

Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a video screen remotely addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

At UN, China, Russia and US clash over pandemic responses

Sep. 24, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States butted heads with China and Russia at the United Nations on Thursday over responsibility for the pandemic that has interrupted the world, trading allegations about who mishandled and politicized the virus in one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at...

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, second from right bottom, seen on a computer monitor at United Nations headquarters participates in a virtual high-level meeting of the Security Council meeting on safeguarding international peace and security and global governance in the post-COVID-19 era, happening during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: China, U.S., Russia trade blame over pandemic

Sep. 24, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 4:55 p.m. China, the United States and Russia have traded allegations at the United Nations about who mishandled and politicized the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at the...

The hospitality management school 'Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne' pictured in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, 23 September 2020. Swiss health authorities have ordered a quarantine for 2,500 students at a hospitality management school after a 'significant outbreaks' of COVID-19 turned up. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

Quarantine ordered for 2,500 students at elite Swiss school

Sep. 24, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss authorities ordered 2,500 students at an elite hospitality management school to quarantine themselves due to a coronavirus outbreak allegedly linked to off-campus partying, the latest back-to-school sign of higher education's place in the pandemic. Authorities in...

Empty tables in a conference room are seen reflected in a translators booth as he works during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

AP PHOTOS: In era of the virus, the UN meeting that wasn't

Sep. 24, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When world leaders descend on the United Nations for their yearly meeting, U.N. headquarters in New York City transforms into a hectic, vibrant place. Reporters and TV crews start lining up to enter the building very early in the morning. More than 1,000 members of the media converge...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 file photo, Bosnian people watch the live TV broadcast from the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague as Slobodan Praljak brings a bottle to his lips, in southern Bosnian town of Mostar 140 kms south of Sarajevo. Julian Assange relayed how he “binge-watched” the suicide of the former Bosnian Croat general in a United Nations courtroom three years ago, a doctor who visited the WikiLeaks founder on several occasions while he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London told an extradition hearing Thursday, Sept, 24, 2020.  (AP Photo/Amel Emric, file)

Assange 'binge-watched' suicide of ex-Bosnian Croat general

Sep. 24, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange relayed how he “binge-watched” the suicide of the former Bosnian Croat general in a U.N. courtroom three years ago, a doctor who visited the WikiLeaks founder on several occasions while he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London told an extradition hearing...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, a girl holds the flag of the United Arab Emirates during a rally of supporters of southern separatists to show support for the UAE amid a standoff with the internationally recognized government, in Aden, Yemen. Human Rights Watch warned Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 that warring parties in Yemen's yearslong conflict are “severely restricting” the delivery of desperately needed aid as the country slides toward famine amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Wail al-Qubaty, File)

Yemen's president urges Houthis to allow humanitarian aid

Sep. 24, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Yemen’s embattled and exiled president on Thursday urged his government’s rival, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, to stop impeding the flow of urgently needed humanitarian aid. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's plea aired more than a week after an international...

A migrant washes himself in a river near the Croatian border near Kladusa, Bosnia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. A top U.N. official in Bosnia says local authorities expose migrants and refugees stuck in the country to needless suffering despite having access to funds to provide them with proper housing and assistance. (AP Photo/Edvin Zulic)

UN official: Bosnia authorities expose migrants to suffering

Sep. 24, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — With harsh weather fast approaching, the number of migrants and refugees who are sleeping rough in Bosnia keeps rising because of the persistent refusal by authorities at different levels of government in the country to coordinate their work and embrace...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018 file photo, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. The United Nations makes a point of welcoming all nations, regardless of political persuasion. But in many ways, there's a love-hate relationship between the North and the U.N. One important thing the North gets from the U.N. is a direct point of contact with the 192 other member nations, including a host of countries that would be loath to send their diplomats to pay homage in Pyongyang, pre-eminent among them, the United States.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

For North Korea, UN membership is a key link to larger world

Sep. 24, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Hermit Kingdom? Not quite. To pay close attention to North Korean diplomacy is to notice the many ways it upends the stereotype of the isolated, nuclear-armed wildcard of Northeast Asia. Yes, the country’s propaganda services are prone to rhetoric meant to convey a sense of towering...