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Suu Kyi to lead Myanmar team contesting genocide court case

Nov. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar said Wednesday its leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head the legal team contesting a genocide case filed against it in the International Court of Justice over the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims two years ago that set off their exodus to Bangladesh. Myanmar’s military has...

UN Security Council members rebuke US on Israel settlements

Nov. 20, 2019 4:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration, the 14 other U.N. Security Council members on Wednesday strongly opposed the U.S. announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law. They warned that the new American policy undermines a...

Netanyahu celebrates US settlement decision in West Bank

Nov. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EST

ALON SHVUT, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s prime minister traveled to the West Bank on Tuesday to celebrate the U.S.’s announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements to violate international law. Benjamin Netanyahu called the Trump administration’s declaration, which stepped...

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...

Esper urges ‘very public posture’ on Chinese sea claims

Nov. 19, 2019 7:35 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. defense chief on Tuesday urged governments affected by China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea “to take a very public posture” and assert their sovereign rights, adding that acting collectively is the best way to send a message...

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 19, 2019 2:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Libyan officials: Airstrike kills 7 workers in Tripoli

Nov. 18, 2019 7:16 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike slammed into a biscuit factory in Libya’s capital Monday killing at least seven workers, including five foreign nationals and two Libyans, health authorities said, in what the U.N. envoy to Libya said could be a war crime. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting since April...

US is softening stance on Israeli settlements in West Bank, disavowing 1978 opinion that they violate international law

Nov. 18, 2019 1:01 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US is softening stance on Israeli settlements in West Bank, disavowing 1978 opinion that they violate international law.

Myanmar rejects court probe into crimes against Rohingyas

Nov. 16, 2019 7:43 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government rejected the International Criminal Court's decision to allow prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Government spokesman Zaw Htay said at a Friday night press conference that Myanmar stood by its position...

Amid Gaza fighting, Israel could face questions on tactics

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing eight members of the family in a split second. As Israel claims...