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In this UNTV image, Evariste Ndayishimiye, President of Burundi, speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from heads-of-state, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic. (UNTV via AP)

The Latest: UN panel says corruption hits the poor hardest

Sep. 24, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:08 p.m. A U.N. panel says tax abuse, corruption and money laundering are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from governments that could help the world’s poor. A report from the high-level panel on International...

FILE - In this May 24, 2020 file photo, Sudanese worshippers gather for Eid al-Fitr prayers, the Muslim holiday which starts at the conclusion of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Khartoum, Sudan. The International Monetary Fund has signed off on Sudan’s economic reform program, a move that can eventually allow the highly-indebted African country receive debt reliefs and hence rebuild its battered economy. The IMF released a statement Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020,  saying that its staff will be monitoring the implementation of a “home-grown” economic restructuring program. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali, file)

IMF endorses Sudan's reform plan for battered economy

Sep. 24, 2020 7:49 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has signed off on Sudan's economic reform program, a move that can eventually allow the highly-indebted African country to get debt relief and move ahead with rebuilding its battered economy as it transitions to democratic rule. Until the end of June 2021, IMF...

UN watchdog: 'Staggering' $36M embezzled in South Sudan

Sep. 24, 2020 6:49 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations commission on human rights in South Sudan says “a staggering $36 million” has been misappropriated by government officials and senior politicians since 2016 as widespread corruption continues to drain the world’s youngest nation. “It is...

In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Egyptian women shout slogans and hold banners during a protest against sexual harassment in Cairo, Egypt. An announcement last month that Egyptian authorities would investigate an alleged 2014 gan rape of a 17-year old girl at a Cairo hotel was welcomed as a rare moment of triumph by rights activists who now fear the government is trying to discourage victims and witnesses from speaking out.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Probe of gang rape case that shocked Egypt ensnares many

Sep. 24, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An announcement last month that Egypt’s top prosecutor would investigate an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel marked a rare moment of triumph for human rights activists. Those hopes were quickly dispelled after authorities detained possible witnesses...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, migrants of different nationalities rest on board the Spanish NGO Open Arms vessel, after being rescued as they were trying to flee Libya on board a precarious wooden boat, in the Central Mediterranean Sea. Amnesty International said Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, that thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libyan shores this year were forcefully disappeared after they were taken of detention centers run by militias allied with the U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli. The report also said that rival authorities in eastern Libya forcibly expelled serval thousands “without due process or the opportunity to challenge their deportation.” (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)

Amnesty: Migrants face 'vicious cycle of cruelty' in Libya

Sep. 24, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International said Thursday that thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libyan shores this year were forcefully disappeared after being taken out of unofficial detention centers run by militias allied with the U.N.-supported government in the capital,...

Egypt: 3 police killed as 4 convicts attempt prison bust

Sep. 23, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian police officers were killed when four men, convicted on terror-related charges and awaiting their death sentences, attempted on Wednesday to escape from a notorious Cairo prison, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry, which oversees the country’s police and prisons,...

In this image made from UNTV video, Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

The Latest: Nigeria urges vaccine to be available to all

Sep. 22, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:15 p.m. The president of Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, is calling for the “uninhibited supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.” African nations have been outspoken in...

A supporters holds up a banner as he protests with others in front of the Casablanca Courthouse, in Casablanca, Morocco, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, on the first day of the hearing of journalist and activist Omar Radi. The arrest of journalist Omar Radi follows numerous summons following a police investigation into suspicion of receiving funds linked to foreign intelligence. The investigation came after rights group Amnesty International accused Morocco of using Israeli-made spyware to snoop on its phone. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Jailed Morocco journalist probed by court on rape charge

Sep. 22, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan journalist and human rights activist held by authorities for weeks on charges of undermining state security, receiving foreign funding and rape, appeared before an investigating judge in Casablanca on Tuesday. Omar Radi's hearing focused on the charges of “indecent...

Migrants from different nationalities, mainly from Somalia, Egypt and Morocco, but also from Libya, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coat, Bangladesh, Senegal, Syria, Palestine, Benin and Tunisia, including 14 minors and 4 women, rest on board the Spanish NGO Open Arms vessel on Wednesday 9, 2020, after being rescued last Tuesday night as they were trying to flee Libya on board a precarious wooden boat, in international waters, in the Central Mediterranean sea. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

UN agencies urge "fresh start" for EU's failed asylum policy

Sep. 22, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two U.N. agencies on Tuesday appealed to the European Union to set aside years of divisive debate over the best way to manage migrants and refugees and make a “fresh start,” as Brussels prepares to unveil a major overhaul of Europe’s failed asylum system. The arrival in...

Turkey accuses EU of rewarding aggressor in Libya

Sep. 22, 2020 3:48 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused the European Union of “rewarding the aggressor” after the 27-nation bloc slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm which operates a vessel that was at the...