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UN special envoy to Myanmar urges immediate halt to violence

Aug. 17, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, met Wednesday with the head of its military-installed government and called for a halt to all violence on her first mission to the strife-torn country, her office said. In her talks with Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing,...

Leaders of Ukraine, Turkey and UN to meet Thursday in Lviv

Aug. 16, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have accepted an invition from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to meet Thursday to review the deal allowing Ukrainian grain to be shipped to world markets to help alleviate the global...

Kremlin critic Navalny says he's in solitary confinement

Aug. 15, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says prison officials ordered him to serve at least three days in solitary confinement, citing a minor infraction, in retaliation for his activism behind bars. A post about the punishment appeared in Navalny's social...

Myanmar court convicts Suu Kyi on more corruption charges

Aug. 15, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on more corruption charges on Monday, adding six years to her earlier 11-year prison sentence, a legal official said. The trial was held behind closed doors, with no access...

Relatives of POWs call on Red Cross to help find loved ones

Aug. 05, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Relatives of prisoners of war captured by the Russians following the fall of Mariupol gathered in central Kyiv Thursday demanding information about their husbands, fathers and sons following a strike on a prison housing POWs in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine last week...

SE Asian nations criticize Myanmar, but weaker than expected

Aug. 05, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers issued a joint statement Friday after a series of meetings in the Cambodian capital criticizing Myanmar for its lack of progress in ending violence there, but with weaker language than several countries had hoped for. ...

US says Russia aims to fabricate evidence in prison deaths

Aug. 04, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday said new intelligence suggests Russia is working to fabricate evidence concerning last week's deadly strike on a prison housing prisoners of war in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine. U.S. intelligence officials have determined that...

Inspectors OK 1st Ukraine grain ship but no sign yet of more

Aug. 03, 2022 23:06 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The first grain ship to leave Ukraine and cross the Black Sea under a wartime deal passed inspection Wednesday in Istanbul and headed on to Lebanon. Ukraine said 17 other vessels were “loaded and waiting permission to leave,” but there was no word yet on when they could...

UN fact-finding mission will probe Ukraine prison killings

Aug. 03, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief said Wednesday he is appointing a fact-finding mission in response to requests from Russia and Ukraine to investigate the killings at a prison in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine that the warring nations accuse each other of carrying out. ...

Stopping Myanmar violence tops meeting of Asian diplomats

Aug. 03, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Top Southeast Asian diplomats meeting in Cambodia's capital intensified efforts Wednesday to stop the escalating violence in Myanmar and to address other pressing — and often divisive — regional issues. It is the first in-person meeting of the...