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UN delays action on Myanmar and Afghanistan's bid for seats

Dec. 06, 2021 10:48 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Monday delaying action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations. Assembly President Abdulla Shahid banged his gavel to...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi convicted in further blow to democracy

Dec. 06, 2021 10:12 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar who was ousted in a de facto coup this year, was convicted on two charges Monday and handed a four-year sentence that was quickly cut in half — in proceedings widely criticized as a further effort by the country's military rulers...

WHO: No 'doomsday,' but malaria fight disrupted by pandemic

Dec. 06, 2021 08:19 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Monday that the global response to the longtime threat of malaria has taken a hit as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted health services in many countries, leading to tens of thousands more deaths worldwide last year — as questions remain on...

Putin hopes WHO soon approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

Dec. 05, 2021 14:17 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday voiced hope for a quick approval of the country's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine by the World Health Organization, saying the move is essential to expand its global supplies. Speaking during a video call with...

Sudan group condemns UN's call to support reinstated PM

Dec. 04, 2021 11:06 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese pro-democracy group has condemned comments by the U.N. chief urging citizens to support a deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, so the country can have “a peaceful transition towards a true democracy.” The Sudanese...

UN renews anti-piracy ships off Somalia for only 3 months

Dec. 03, 2021 21:17 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to allow international naval forces to continue using all necessary means to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia — but only for the next three months because the Somali government says there has been no piracy...

Omicron-stricken South Africa may be glimpse into the future

Dec. 03, 2021 15:50 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dr. Sikhulile Moyo was analyzing COVID-19 samples in his lab in Botswana last week when he noticed they looked startlingly different from others. Within days, the world was ablaze with the news that the coronavirus had a new variant of concern —...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 03, 2021 11:06 AM EST

Kyle Rittenhouse did not sue LeBron James for defamation CLAIM: Federal magistrate approved Kyle Rittenhouse’s $110 Million defamation suit against LeBron James. THE FACTS: No such ruling was made. Rittenhouse has not filed a defamation suit against...

UN expert: Contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka

Dec. 03, 2021 08:53 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A U.N expert says contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka, with vulnerable groups such as children, women, ethnic minorities and older people particularly affected. Tomoyo Obokata, the U.N special rapporteur on contemporary forms of...

WHO says measures used against delta should work for omicron

Dec. 03, 2021 05:56 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Measures used to counter the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, even in the face of the new omicron version of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Friday, while acknowledging that the travel...