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UN chief: national selfishness delaying global oceans deal

Jun. 27, 2022 09:23 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Some countries has been holding up a global agreement on protecting the world’s oceans because of their “egoism," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio...

Death toll of children in Afghanistan quake rises to 155

Jun. 27, 2022 07:44 AM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll of children in last week's devastating earthquake in southeastern Afghanistan has risen to at least 155, the United Nations said as the scope of the deadliest quake to hit the impoverished country in two decades comes into focus. The U.N.'s...

Destruction everywhere, help scarce after Afghanistan quake

Jun. 26, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — When the ground heaved from last week’s earthquake in Afghanistan, Nahim Gul’s stone-and-mud house collapsed on top of him. He clawed through the rubble in the predawn darkness, choking on dust as he searched for his father and two sisters. He doesn't...

Dolphins in Lisbon river show benefits of protecting nature

Jun. 26, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Delegates attending a U.N. conference in Lisbon next week might take inspiration for their efforts to protect the oceans by looking out of the venue’s windows at Portugal’s longest river, where frolicking dolphins nowadays delight locals and tourists. ...

WHO panel: Monkeypox not a global emergency 'at this stage'

Jun. 25, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said the escalating monkeypox outbreak in more than 50 countries should be closely monitored but does not warrant being declared a global health emergency. In a statement Saturday, a WHO emergency committee said many aspects of the...

Deadly quake a new blow to Afghans reeling from poverty

Jun. 25, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s deadly earthquake this week struck one of the poorest corners of a country that has been hollowed out by increasing poverty. Even as more aid arrived Saturday, many residents have no idea how they will rebuild the thousands of homes destroyed in villages...

US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarizes activists

Jun. 24, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The U.S....

Donors pledge $160 million, Palestinian refugees need more

Jun. 24, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Donors pledged about $160 million for the U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees, but it still needs over $100 million to support education for more than half a million children and provide primary health care for close to 2 million people and emergency cash assistance to...

Aftershock in Afghanistan as quake toll rises to 1,150 dead

Jun. 24, 2022 08:49 AM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — An aftershock took more lives Friday and threatened to pile even more misery on an area of eastern Afghanistan reeling from a powerful earthquake that state media said killed 1,150 people this week. Among the dead from Wednesday's magnitude 6 quake are...

UN body to hold urgent debate on Afghan women, girls' rights

Jun. 24, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body is to hold an urgent debate next week to discuss the erosion of rights of women and girls in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover nearly a year ago. Human Rights Council spokesman Rolando Gomez said Friday that the Geneva-based...