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Death toll from violence in Sudan's West Darfur rises to 83

Jan. 17, 2021 11:00 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The death toll from tribal violence between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur province climbed to at least 83, including women and children, a doctor’s union and aid worker said, as sporadic violence continued Sunday. The ruling sovereign council met Sunday and said...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019 file photo, residents of a refugee camp gather around the burned remains of makeshift structures, in Genena, Sudan.  Sudanese authorities on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021,  imposed a round-the-clock curfew in the entire West Darfur province after tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs killed at least six people and wounded at least 28 others. (Organization for the General Coordination of Camps for Displaced and Refugees via AP, File)

Deadly clashes kill 32 in Sudan's Darfur

Jan. 16, 2021 1:58 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan's West Darfur have killed at least 32 people, according to a local medical official, as Sudanese authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew on the province. Darfur remains scarred by war after a rebellion in the early 2000s was brutally...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the media during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas after a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

UN hopes to take first step to elect next chief by Jan. 31

Jan. 15, 2021 4:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly and Security Council are expected to take the first step toward electing the next head of the global organization this month. Assembly President Volkan Bozkir said Friday that he and Tunisia’s U.N. Ambassador Tarek Ladeb, the current council president,...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, a severely malnourished boy rests on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center in Hajjah, Yemen. A leading aid organization on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 warned that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's move to designate Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels as a “foreign terrorist organization” would deal another “devastating blow

US rejects UN plea to reverse Yemen rebel terror designation

Jan. 14, 2021 7:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief and top officials urged the United States on Thursday to reverse its decision to declare Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels a terrorist group to prevent massive famine and death in the conflict-torn Arab nation — but the Trump administration in its final days...

3 peacekeepers killed, 6 wounded by attack in northern Mali

Jan. 13, 2021 11:25 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Three United Nations peacekeepers died and six more were wounded Wednesday in northern Mali hours before the U.N.’s top official in the country expressed cautious optimism that a new roadmap would lead the turbulent West African nation to elections in March 2022. The U.N....

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., to announce key administration posts. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should bring “fundamental change” to U.S. policy on human rights and allow criminal investigations of President Donald Trump, the head of Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Advocacy group: Biden should revamp US human rights policy

Jan. 13, 2021 3:41 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should bring “fundamental change” to U.S. policy on human rights and allow criminal investigations of President Donald Trump, the head of Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Executive Director Kenneth Roth laid out a long wish-list for the...

This photo provided by the United Nations on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, shows Vladimir Voronkov, the U.N. counter-terrorism chief, as he speaks during a videoconference at the U.N. Security Council's 20th anniversary commemoration of the pivotal resolution to fight terrorism, adopted after the 9/11 attacks on the United States. (Loey Felipe/UN Photo via AP)

UN official: Terrorists using pandemic to stoke extremism

Jan. 12, 2021 11:07 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. counter-terrorism chief warned Tuesday that terrorists are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and appealing to new “racially, ethnically and politically motivated violent extremist groups.” Vladimir Voronkov spoke at the U.N. Security Council’s 20th...

UK to use fines to target forced labor in China's Xinjiang

Jan. 12, 2021 5:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British companies will face fines unless they meet new government requirements showing their supply chains are free from forced labor, the U.K.'s foreign secretary said Tuesday as he announced measures aimed at tackling human rights abuses against the Uighur minority in China’s...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the media during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas after a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

UN chief Antonio Guterres declares he will seek second term

Jan. 11, 2021 10:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres officially declared Monday he is seeking a second five-year term at the helm of the United Nations. Guterres, whose current term ends next Dec. 31, said in a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir that “It would be my honor to...

British Ambassador to the United Nations Barbara Woodward poses for a photo, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

UN envoy: Britain is `gung ho' about world role after Brexit

Jan. 10, 2021 12:34 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s new U.N. ambassador says the government is feeling “gung ho” about continuing its role as an important player on the world stage despite its exit from the European Union. Barbara Woodward pointed to the United Kingdom’s permanent seat on the...