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FILE - In this May 2, 2017, file photo, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Muslim American groups and the Anti-Defamation League are decrying the U.S. Agency for International Development’s hiring of Mark Kevin Lloyd, a religious freedom adviser who has reportedly made past anti-Islam comments. Greenblatt said Lloyd's appointment was “particularly offensive and inappropriate” in light of his past anti-Islam comments and urged him to “apologize immediately.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

New USAID adviser sparks furor over past anti-Islam comments

May. 29, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Muslim American groups are calling for the dismissal of a newly appointed religious freedom adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development, citing past online posts that disparage Islam on his social media. The Anti-Defamation League also has decried the appointment of Mark...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 21 2009 file photo, Sudanese refugees gather behind the Oxfam logo at the site of the looted compound of the expelled British aid group, Oxfam at Al Salam refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan. Oxfam, one of the world’s leading aid agencies, is to severely curtail its work around the world because of the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including the closure of operations in 18 countries at the potential cost of over 1,000 jobs. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Shock and sadness as Oxfam plans exit from 18 countries

May. 21, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The decision by Oxfam International to close operations in 18 countries in response to the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic was met with shock and sadness Thursday across developing countries where the aid organization has often been helping the needy for decades....

In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russia's foreign minister has angrily rejected Western claims that Moscow is using the coronavirus crisis to expand its political influence. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday, April 14 that suggestions from some in the West that Russia had opaque motives for helping Italy respond to the virus resulted from

Development bank to allocate $15 bln to tackle virus fallout

Apr. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The New Development Bank will allocate up to $15 billion for loans to help the so-called BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - boost their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday. “We believe that it should become a...

President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WHO, allies lament Trump cut to US funding as virus rages

Apr. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday lamented the U.S. decision to halt funding for the U.N. agency, promising a review of its decisions while sidestepping President Donald Trump’s complaints about its alleged mismanagement, cover-up and missteps. WHO Director-General...

Residents of Mitchell's Plain in Cape Town, South Africa, Clash with police Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in protest against the distribution of food parcels to the poor and unemployed during the third week of a lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Richest countries agree to freeze poorer nations' debt

Apr. 15, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The world’s richest countries agreed Wednesday to freeze poor nations’ debt obligations, shortly after nearly 20 European and African leaders made a joint appeal for a massive international effort to boost Africa’s coronavirus response, saying that “only a...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London.  With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday April 8, 2020, after contracting the new coronavirus, Sunak is among key players in Johnson's Cabinet who will be directing Britain's response to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, while their leader is being treated. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

Apr. 10, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — Japanese leaders press prime minister to hasten emergency...

Shoppers walk in and out of a Meijer store for grocery shopping during the coronavirus outbreak as they wear masks and gloves in Arlington Heights, Ill., Thursday, April 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Panic grocery buying slows; iPhone sales plummeted in March

Apr. 9, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ___________________ GLOBAL SHOCK: There is no place on earth inhabited by humans that is not being hit by...

A woman and her daughter wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, sell fruit and vegetables at the taxi station in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. South Africa and more than half of Africa's 54 countries have imposed lockdowns, curfews, travel bans or other restrictions to try to contain the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Half billion more people face poverty due to virus - report

Apr. 9, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries take “urgent action” to help developing nations, a leading aid organization warned Thursday. In the run-up to three key...