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UN: ‘Quick wins’ needed to keep climate goals within reach

Nov. 26, 2019 9:53 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Countries need to begin making steep cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions immediately or risk missing the targets they’ve agreed for limiting global warming, with potentially dire consequences, senior United Nations officials said Tuesday. A report by the U.N. Environment Program,...

Businessman buys Nazi items; plans to donate to Jewish group

Nov. 25, 2019 2:51 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul said Monday that he purchased Adolf Hitler’s top hat and other Nazi memorabilia from a German auction in order to keep them out of the hands of neo-Nazis, and has agreed to donate them to a Jewish group. Abdallah Chatila, a Lebanese Christian who...

UN ‘concerned’ about Trump’s exoneration of 3 US servicemen

Nov. 19, 2019 8:24 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office says it’s “very concerned” about U.S. President Donald Trump’s exoneration of three U.S. servicemen accused of war crimes, calling one pardon in a pending case “particularly troubling.” Office spokesman Rupert Colville...

Woman arrested after criticizing Egypt’s president

Nov. 14, 2019 10:14 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have arrested a woman who voiced harsh criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his wife in a series of online videos, police and judicial officials said on Thursday, as the Egyptian government prepared to defend its human rights record during a major U.N. rights...

Syria talks: Possible path toward peace, or another dead end

Oct. 31, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Syria's government and opposition have delicately sat down for their first face-to-face talks, amid the hopes of millions of Syrians and governments from Washington to Moscow that they could become a step toward ending the country's devastating 8 ½-year war. It could be a chance for...

Erdogan: Joint patrols with Turkey and Russia start Friday

Oct. 30, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Joint Turkish-Russian patrols will begin Friday in northeastern Syria, following a Russian-brokered cease-fire that promised to have Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw to the south, Turkey's president said Wednesday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his ruling party that Turkey won't hesitate to...

Iran, Russia lash out at US plans to protect oil in Syria

Oct. 29, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Iran and Russia on Tuesday criticized and scoffed at Trump administration plans to protect oil deposits in Syria, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accusing Washington of "illegal" actions. Lavrov joined Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister...

UN chief: It's time to start discussing 'end game' in Syria

Oct. 25, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Turkish offensive and current cessation of fighting in northeast Syria show it's time to start seriously discussing an "end game" to the eight-year war in Syria. The U.N. chief told reporters Friday the political process is "more...

Syrian Kurd sets self on fire in front of UN refugee office

Oct. 23, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say a Syrian Kurdish man set himself on fire in front of the United Nations refugee agency's headquarters in Geneva. Police spokesman Silvain Guillaume-Gentil said the man, who was born in 1988 and lives in Germany, set himself on fire with gasoline Wednesday morning. Security...

Swiss to elect new legislature, as polls suggest Green gains

Oct. 19, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters elect their parliament this weekend, a challenge for the populist right that has been dominant until now and an opportunity for green parties as environmental concerns have swept up much of Europe this year. Political analyst Pascal Sciarini of the University of Geneva cites a...