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Unfinished business: UN migrant pact inked, but foes remain

Dec. 11, 2018 5:47 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Seeking to remind the world that migrants are people, too, a U.N. migration conference ended Tuesday with pledges to put a landmark new accord to work, but it left unfinished business on ending the divisive debate between nationalists and globalists as migrant detention centers,...

US downgrades Pakistan in religious freedom rankings

Dec. 11, 2018 4:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday placed Pakistan on its annual list of worst offenders for nations that it says infringe on religious freedom. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement he added Pakistan to the U.S. list of "countries of particular concern" regarding protection...

Spain grapples with surging number of teenage migrants

Dec. 11, 2018 10:35 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Slouched on a bench at a Barcelona police station, five teenagers waited patiently on a recent Friday evening to find out where they would sleep that night: a shelter for young migrants or on that bench. Earlier that day, another group of boys had been successfully transferred to a...

Briton arrested in Egypt on spying charges says he is free

Dec. 11, 2018 7:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A British-Libyan tourist says Egyptian authorities released him two weeks after he was arrested over a video he filmed on his cellphone that showed a military helicopter in the background. Muhammed Fathi AbulKasem announced his release in a one-minute audio message posted on YouTube on Dec. 8,...

Normalcy restored in Egyptian Sinai city, but danger lurks

Dec. 11, 2018 7:03 AM EST

EL ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Mohammed Amer Shaaban stood over trays of fresh fish at his tiny store in the coastal Sinai Peninsula city of el-Arish, pointing to his right and left while recalling the tough days when Islamic State militants operated with impunity. "They killed a Christian who owns a knife shop...

UN says Islamic State kills 6 captives in Libya

Dec. 11, 2018 5:06 AM EST

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Islamic State militants have killed six people captured during an attack on a small town in central Libya in October, The U.N. mission to Libya said. The U.N. statement late Monday condemned the killing as "particularly abhorrent," without providing further details. The six were...

Yemen's warring sides negotiating truce for key port Hodeida

Dec. 10, 2018 5:22 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Delegations from Yemen's warring sides discussed expanding a shaky truce in the key port city of Hodeida on Monday, however neither side appeared ready to agree on initial draft proposals hoped for by the United Nations, who are sponsoring talks in Sweden and seek to resume needed aid...

The Latest: Red Cross: Migrant policy mustn't add suffering

Dec. 10, 2018 2:45 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. migration conference (all times local): 8:40 p.m. A top humanitarian leader admits governments have a right to set migration policy, but insist they shouldn't increase suffering or play into a recent trend toward the "criminalization of compassion."...

Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US

Dec. 10, 2018 2:18 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defying fierce opposition from the U.S. and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of U.N. member states agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration. The debate over the Global Compact for Migration, the first of its kind, has...

At a glance: The new UN migration pact

Dec. 10, 2018 1:16 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — A United Nations accord, the "Global Compact on Migration," adopted Monday by 164 U.N. members, but not the United States, aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide. Here, at a glance, are key points and details: WHAT IS IT? A non-binding, voluntary agreement that aims...