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UN envoy challenges Malaysia's claim to near zero poverty

Aug. 23, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A U.N. special rapporteur on Friday challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying there was "significant poverty" with an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country considered poor. Malaysia's official poverty rate fell from 49% in 1970 to...

UN chief urges world to stamp out religious persecution

Aug. 22, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world on the first international day to remember the victims of religious persecution to "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups." The U.N. chief on Thursday cited a...

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

Aug. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is "unequivocably in favor" of...

US and Russia blame each other for abandoning missile treaty

Aug. 22, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and the United States blamed each other Thursday for abandoning a landmark arms control agreement on missiles, with Moscow warning of a new arms race and the Trump administration demanding details of a recent mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear engineers....

UN report condemns sexual violence by Myanmar military

Aug. 22, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, a U.N. report charged Thursday. The...

Some Egyptian rights activists dismiss country's new NGO law

Aug. 22, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Some Egyptian human rights activists Thursday hailed the country's new law regulating non-governmental organizations as a step forward, while others dismissed it as more of the same restrictive measures. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ratified the controversial bill, the official...

UN: Don't worry about drinking microplastics in water

Aug. 21, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles...

UN warns of severe aid cuts in Yemen without new funds soon

Aug. 21, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief in Yemen warned Wednesday that unless significant new funding is received in the coming weeks, food rations for 12 million people in the war-torn country will be reduced and at least 2.5 million malnourished children will be cut off from life-saving...

Sudan's top general sworn in as leader of new ruling body

Aug. 21, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's top general was sworn in Wednesday as the leader of a joint military-civilian body created to rule Sudan during a three-year transition period toward democratic elections. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan was sworn in before the country's top judge and will lead the 11-member Sovereign Council...

UN to meet at Russia's request on recent US missile test

Aug. 21, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold an open meeting Thursday at Russia's request on a U.S. missile test that would have been banned under a treaty that both Washington and Moscow abandoned earlier this month. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, told reporters Wednesday...