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Israel launches airstrikes on Lebanon in response to rockets

Aug. 05, 2021 05:52 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday escalated its response to rocket attacks this week by launching rare airstrikes on Lebanon, the army and Lebanese officials said. The Israeli army said in a statement that jets struck the launch sites from which rockets had...

Head of UN health agency seeks vaccine booster moratorium

Aug. 04, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization called Wednesday for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their first shots. WHO...

Chemical watchdog demands more information from Syria

Aug. 04, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog has demanded more information from Syria about the reported recent destruction of two chlorine cylinders that had been linked to a 2018 deadly attack on the Syrian town of Douma -- a demand echoed Wednesday by several members...

ASEAN ministers pick Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

Aug. 04, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday picked Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as their special envoy to Myanmar, in a breakthrough for regional mediation aimed at ending the country's deepening crisis after months of delay. ...

Israel fires back after 3 rockets launched from Lebanon

Aug. 04, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Three rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory Wednesday and the army responded with sustained artillery fire, Israel's military said. There was no immediate information on damages or casualties. The announcement came after sirens...

Israel talks Iran with envoys from Security Council states

Aug. 04, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel summoned Wednesday ambassadors of U.N. Security Council member states and urged for action against Iran following last week’s drone strike off the coast of Oman on a merchant vessel linked to an Israeli billionaire. A joint statement by the...

International conference on Lebanon raises $370 million

Aug. 04, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

SAULIEU, France (AP) — An international conference on Lebanon on Wednesday raised some $370 million in aid to meet the country's humanitarian needs, one year after the massive explosion at Beirut’s port, the French presidency said. The pledges, to be delivered over...

UN chief: Threat to global peace from Islamic State rising

Aug. 03, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a new report that the threat to international peace and security from the Islamic State extremist group is rising, pointing to an “alarming” expansion of its affiliates in Africa and its focus on a comeback in its former...

UN Security Council condemns attacks on Afghan civilians

Aug. 03, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned deliberate attacks on civilians in Afghanistan and all instances of terrorism “in the strongest terms” on Tuesday, while declaring its opposition to restoration of rule by the Taliban. In a press statement...

Fears over impunity grow as Haiti probes president's slaying

Aug. 03, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Police have detained more than 40 suspects in the killing of President Jovenel Moïse, but many people fear Haiti’s crumbling judicial system could result in the assassination going unpunished. Interrogations are continuing, while dozens...