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UN rights body agrees to appoint expert to scrutinize Russia

Oct. 07, 2022 09:46 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body voted Friday to appoint an independent expert to step up scrutiny of Russia's rights record at home as arbitrary arrests, a crackdown on dissenting voices and limits on free speech worsen during the war in Ukraine. The 47-member Human...

UN rights body rejects Western bid to debate Xinjiang abuses

Oct. 06, 2022 23:31 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In a close diplomatic victory for China, the U.N.'s top human rights body on Thursday voted down a proposal from Britain, Turkey, the United States and other mostly Western countries to hold a debate on alleged rights abuses against Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in...

WTO predicts trade growth to slow next year amid crises

Oct. 05, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization is predicting global trade volumes will grow a lackluster 1% next year as crises and challenges weigh on markets, including high energy prices, rising interest rates and uncertainties about Chinese manufacturing output amid the lingering COVID-19...

Merkel wins UN refugee agency award over welcome of Syrians

Oct. 04, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday it's giving its highest award to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her efforts to welcome more than 1 million refugees — mostly from Syria — into Germany, despite some criticism both at home and abroad. Matthew...

Source: Ukraine to join Spain-Portugal 2030 World Cup bid

Oct. 04, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Ukraine is set to join Spain and Portugal in a combined bid to host the 2030 World Cup. A person familiar with the project told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Ukraine is being added to the Spain-Portugal bid. The revitalized bid, which has been in the works for...

UN flood aid appeal jumps amid disease surge in Pakistan

Oct. 04, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Alarmed by a surge in disease, the United Nations is asking for five times’ more international aid after deadly floods in Pakistan left millions of survivors homeless and at rising risk of waterborne diseases and other ailments. The U.N. on Tuesday raised its...

World Cup Watch: Ronaldo's game time a concern for Portugal

Oct. 03, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

By the time Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in Qatar, the Portugal star might be straddling a fine line between being fresh and simply being not sharp enough to make a telling contribution in what is likely his final World Cup. Make that one start in seven Premier League games for Ronaldo...

Swiss police violently disperse anti-Iran protest at embassy

Oct. 02, 2022 08:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police used rubber bullets to disperse protesters in front of the Iranian Embassy in Bern after two men climbed over the embassy's fence and pulled down the Iranian flag from a flagpole in the yard. Police said late Saturday that nobody was injured and that the...

Western push on China, Russia at UN rights body faces test

Oct. 01, 2022 02:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Western countries are leading a rare two-pronged push at the U.N.’s main human rights body to better scrutinize the human rights records of two big world powers: China, over allegations of abuses during an anti-extremism campaign in western Xinjiang, and Russia, over its...

Turmoil at home swirls around Iran team ahead of World Cup

Oct. 01, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Political issues are swirling around the Iran men’s soccer team amid turmoil on the streets at home just weeks before the World Cup where it will play the United States, Wales and England. At home in Iran, two weeks of demonstrations and a violent crackdown by state...