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Tensions high as South Sudan faces unity government deadline

Oct. 16, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's fragile peace deal is faltering less than a month before the country's president and armed opposition leader are meant to form a coalition government and begin the long recovery from a five-year civil war. Some doubt it's safe enough for opposition leader Riek Machar...

AP PHOTOS: Migrant surge overwhelms Greek islands

Oct. 16, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

SKALA, Greece (AP) — Greece's eastern islands are struggling to cope with a surge in arrivals of migrants and asylum-seekers that has undermined efforts to ease severe overcrowding at refugee camps. The number of people reaching Lesbos, Samos and other Greeks islands in the eastern Aegean Sea is the...

Australia wants trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Peru

Oct. 16, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants bilateral free trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru to take effect early next year, the trade minister said Wednesday, adding that the Hong Kong treaty supports its unique status within China. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham introduced legislation into...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems debate on guns, Syria, health care

Oct. 16, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen Democrats seeking the presidency tussled Tuesday night in a debate packed with policy, flubbing some details in the process. Several gave an iffy explanation of why they're not swinging behind a bold proposal to make people turn over their assault-style weapons. Sloppiness also...

EU: Brexit deal in sight but UK must still do more

Oct. 15, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union officials hoped to sketch out a Brexit deal with Britain within hours, but negotiations stretched into early Wednesday in the latest effort at producing an agreement in more than three years of false starts and sudden reversals. The bloc said it might be possible to strike a...

UN rights chief: Challenges increase to global cooperation

Oct. 15, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday the world is witnessing increasing hate speech, rising challenges to international cooperation, and pushbacks on women's equality and the rights of minorities. In a wide-ranging meeting with U.N. member nations, Michelle Bachelet also said that...

Trump's sanctions won't bite a vulnerable Turkish economy

Oct. 15, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The sanctions the U.S. announced against Turkey this week over its offensive in Syria fall well short of doing serious damage to an economy still healing from a recession and currency collapse. President Donald Trump could take far tougher action that would deter foreign...

The Latest: Scottish party won't accept Brexit plans

Oct. 15, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The leader of the independence-minded Scottish National Party says her party will never accept British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit plans. Nicola Sturgeon told her party conference Tuesday that Scottish voters had opposed leaving...

Mozambique votes in a crucial test of recent peace deal

Oct. 15, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique turned to vote-counting on Tuesday in an election that tests a wary peace in the southern African nation of nearly 30 million people, while scattered incidents of ballot-stuffing were reported and observers in several provinces were restricted from doing their work....

IMF downgrades outlook for world economy, citing trade wars

Oct. 15, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is further downgrading its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth this year will be the weakest since the 2008 financial crisis, primarily because of widening global conflicts. The IMF's latest World Economic Outlook released Tuesday foresees...