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Key UN committee condemns North Korean violations of rights

Nov. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee has approved a resolution saying North Korea’s widespread human rights violations may amount to crimes against humanity — a decision denounced by the country’s U.N. mission as “politically...

Somalia struggles after worst flooding in recent history

Nov. 14, 2019 1:58 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Ahmed Sabrie woke up to find his house half-submerged in fast-rising flood waters. Frightened and confused, he herded sleepy family members onto the roof of their home in central Somalia as scores of thousands of people in the town, Beledweyne, scrambled for their lives. Clinging...

The Latest: UN sends envoy to help with Bolivia crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 1:15 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The Latest on Bolivia’s political confrontation (all times local): 2:10 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is sending a personal envoy to Bolivia to support efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Andean nation’s political crisis. U.N. spokesman Stephane...

UN envoy: As Venezuela exodus drags on many won’t go back

Nov. 14, 2019 9:30 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Venezuela migration crisis has now entered a new stage in which many of those fleeing their country’s devastating economic downturn and political turmoil are increasingly unlikely to return, a United Nations special envoy said. Eduardo Stein told The Associated Press on...

UN chief: Terrorists strengthen foothold in Africa’s Sahel

Nov. 13, 2019 7:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that terrorist groups have strengthened their foothold across Africa’s Sahel region, which is experiencing escalating violence. The U.N. chief said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Wednesday that the expanding...

The Latest: Palestinians say new Israeli airstrike kills 5

Nov. 13, 2019 7:13 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the new escalation between Israel and Gaza (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Palestinians say a new Israeli airstrike has killed five people from a single family in central Gaza Strip. Hamas’ al-Aqsa Radio reported early Thursday that the dead include parents and their...

US and Turkey have friendly talks but differences persist

Nov. 13, 2019 7:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “very good friends,” but their meeting Wednesday at the White House failed to resolve an issue that has badly strained relations between the two NATO allies. Trump and Erdogan concluded a visit...

Germany, France, UK, condemn North Korean missile launches

Nov. 13, 2019 6:10 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Germany, France and Britain on Wednesday strongly condemned the dozen sets of ballistic missile launches by North Korea since May and urged Pyongyang to engage in “meaningful negotiations” with the United States on its nuclear and missile programs. The three European...

Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

Nov. 13, 2019 4:44 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays. Thunberg tweeted as she took to the sea...

UN: $1.35 billion needed to respond to Venezuela exodus

Nov. 13, 2019 11:51 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says nations in Latin America and the Caribbean will need $1.35 billion to respond to the massive exodus of Venezuelans. An estimated 4.6 million Venezuelans have now fled their crisis-torn country, testing neighboring countries where most are arriving. The...