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Defendant in Vatican trial takes case to UN, accuses pope of violating his rights with surveillance

Jun. 19, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the defendants in the Vatican’s big financial trial has formally complained to the United Nations that Pope Francis violated his human rights by authorizing wide-ranging surveillance during the investigation. A lawyer for Raffaele Mincione, a London-based...

Libyans want an end to country's divisions and feuding politicians to hold elections, UN envoy says

Jun. 19, 2024 19:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libyans from rival regions and all walks of life are fed up with the country’s divisions and want political players to end their years-long impasse and agree to hold national elections, a key step to peace in the oil-rich north African country, the U.N. deputy...

Gang violence in Haiti has displaced nearly 580,000 people, a new UN report says

Jun. 19, 2024 18:33 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Surging violence in Haiti from clashes with armed gangs since March has displaced nearly 580,000 people, according to a new report from the U.N. migration agency, a sobering figure that underscores the magnitude of the Caribbean nation's crisis. Haiti...

Some life-saving food assistance entered South Darfur, UN says, but aid groups say more is needed

Jun. 19, 2024 18:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — South Darfur saw a slight increase in critical aid when the U.N.'s World Food Program delivered life-saving food and nutrition to some families across the violence-riddled western Sudanese state, the organization said. But more assistance is needed, humanitarian organizations say. ...

Italy's coast guard searches for dozens of migrants missing after their ship capsized

Jun. 19, 2024 11:15 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's coast guard was searching by sea and from the air on Thursday for dozens of people missing when a boat capsized and partially sank earlier this week in the perilous central Mediterranean, officials said. The partially submerged boat was still in view, but the...

Sudan accuses UAE of fueling war with weapons to paramilitary rivals. UAE calls claim `ludicrous'

Jun. 18, 2024 22:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Sudanese government accused the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday of fueling the 14-month war in the African country by providing weapons to a rival paramilitary force. The UAE dismissed the allegation as “ludicrous,” calling “a shameful abuse by one of the warring...

Haiti police meet Kenyan commanders ahead of deployment of UN-backed mission to fight gangs

Jun. 18, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A team of Haitian police commanders on Tuesday met Kenya’s inspector general of police ahead of a planned deployment to the violence-hit Caribbean country expected to take place by the end of June. Kenya is set to lead a U.N.-backed multinational...

In Burundi, shortages and power cuts slow a return from international isolation

Jun. 18, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi seems to be running short of everything but patience. A deadly nationwide political crackdown in the East African nation is now in the past. But the return to international favor, and benefits like development assistance that come with it, has been...

64 people missing and many rescued from 2 shipwrecks off Italy. At least 11 have died

Jun. 17, 2024 23:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Sixty-four people were missing in the Mediterranean Sea and several were rescued after their ship wrecked off Italy's southern coast Monday, United Nations' agencies said in a statement. In a separate shipwreck, rescue workers evacuated dozens of suspected migrants but...

Central African Republic faces increased rebel activity and spillover from Sudan war, UN experts say

Jun. 17, 2024 20:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Activities of armed groups in the volatile Central African Republic have increased, complicating a security landscape that has seen a spillover of the conflict in neighboring Sudan, U.N. experts warn in a new report. The panel of experts cite confirmed reports...