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UN envoy: Military escalation in Syria is `dangerous'

Nov. 29, 2022 22:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria warned Tuesday that the current military escalation in Syria is dangerous for civilians and regional stability, and he urged Turkey and Kurdish-led forces in the north to de-escalate immediately and restore the relative calm that has...

UN rights body deplores Iran crackdown, establishes probe

Nov. 24, 2022 12:20 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. Human Rights Council voted Thursday to condemn the bloody crackdown on peaceful protests in Iran and create an independent fact-finding mission to investigate alleged abuses, particularly those committed against women and children. A resolution put forward by...

UN: West Africa next in line for tied-up Russian fertilizer

Nov. 18, 2022 07:35 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.N. official said Friday that West Africa is next in line to receive crucial Russian fertilizer that has been prevented from being exported from European ports to needy countries, largely over private-sector concerns about financing and insurance for such deliveries. ...

UN office urges Iran to free detained peaceful protesters

Nov. 15, 2022 07:26 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office is calling on Iran's government to immediately release thousands of people who have been detained for participating in peaceful protests, faulting its “increasing harshness” as Western countries seek to ratchet up scrutiny of Tehran’s crackdown...

UN reports progress on Russia's grain and fertilizer exports

Nov. 11, 2022 17:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.N. officials updated a high-level Russian delegation Friday on progress to facilitate Russia’s exports of food and fertilizer to global markets which have faced obstacles under an expiring wartime deal that has enabled Ukraine to ship over 10 million metric tons of grain...

UN, Russians to discuss extension of Ukraine export deal

Nov. 10, 2022 18:28 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Senior U.N. and Russian officials planned to meet in Geneva on Friday for talks on extending the deal that returned Ukrainian grain to world markets and was supposed to eliminate obstacles for Russian exports of grain and fertilizer. The agreement expires Nov....

WHO reports 90% drop in world COVID-19 deaths since February

Nov. 09, 2022 11:58 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization chief on Wednesday said a nearly 90% drop in recent COVID-19 deaths globally compared to nine months ago provides “cause for optimism,” but still urged vigilance against the pandemic as variants continue to crop up. Director-General...

Intel service: Swiss ready to block Russian spies if need be

Nov. 09, 2022 08:36 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's intelligence agency says a widening rift between Western democracies and autocracies like Russia and China has underpinned a rise in spying activities, warning that Switzerland will move to keep Russian agents off its soil if necessary. The Swiss...

18-carat pink diamond reaps $28.8 million at Geneva auction

Nov. 08, 2022 14:53 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A pear-shaped 18-carat pink diamond billed as a rarity sold at a Geneva auction for 28.4 million Swiss francs ($28.8 million), including fees and taxes, on the lower end of the expected range. The “Fortune Pink” fancy vivid pink stone, said to be the largest of...

WHO head in Middle East 'disturbed' by abuse reported by AP

Oct. 24, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean region told staff in an email that he is “very disturbed” by allegations reported by The Associated Press that the U.N. health agency’s Syria director misspent millions, abused staff and violated the...