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The Latest: Saudi Arabia say it intercepted 2 Houthi drones

Jun. 17, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 7 a.m. A Saudi military spokesman says the kingdom has intercepted two bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Col. Turki al-Maliki made...

Expert: UN failed before Rohingya crackdown in Myanmar

Jun. 17, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent review of United Nations operations in the years before hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar's military has concluded that the organization's many bodies failed to act together resulting in "systemic and structural failures." The...

Venezuela's Guaidó grapples with case of alleged corruption

Jun. 17, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's U.S.-backed opposition on Monday came under increasing scrutiny for a case in which two activists allegedly misappropriated funds designated to help Venezuelan security forces who deserted and crossed into Colombia. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó said his...

Tensions rise as Iran speeds up enrichment, US sends troops

Jun. 17, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington. Hours...

UN food agency accuses Yemen's Houthis of diverting food aid

Jun. 17, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency accused Yemen's Houthi rebels on Monday of diverting food from the war-torn country's hungriest people and threatened to suspend food aid later this week unless they immediately implement registration and monitoring agreements. David Beasley, executive...

UN: World population expected to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050

Jun. 17, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world's population is getting older and growing at a slower pace but is still expected to increase from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, the United Nations said Monday. The U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division said in a new report that...

Ex-first lady heads to runoff in Guatemala presidential race

Jun. 17, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former first lady emerged Monday as the top vote-getter in the first round of Guatemala's presidential election, but she will have to compete in an August runoff that will determine the next leader of this Central American nation where tens of thousands have fled poverty and gang...

UN Palestinian refugee agency urges donors to fill shortfall

Jun. 17, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees says it is mobilizing to replenish a $211 million shortfall in the face of U.S. funding cuts. Pierre Kraehenbuehl said Monday in Jordan that UNRWA will start running out of money if it does not receive...

Aging grand hotel highlights the ethnic division in Cyprus

Jun. 16, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — With Italian chandeliers still hanging in the lobby, the Ledra Palace Hotel in Cyprus still manages to hold onto a flicker of its old majesty despite the shell craters and bullet holes that scar its sandstone facade. It's been 45 years since the pitter-patter of glitterati high-heels...

UN anti-terror official makes controversial trip to Xinjiang

Jun. 16, 2019 12:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.N. counterterrorism chief visited Xinjiang last week despite protests from the U.S. and a rights group that the trip would be inappropriate in light of the human rights conditions in China's far west region. Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov traveled to Beijing and Xinjiang from Thursday to...