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Congo rebels attack, burn homes near UN base in east

Nov. 17, 2018 9:29 AM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's army spokesman says rebels have burned homes and a car in a neighborhood in the east of the country where U.N. peacekeeping forces have a base. The attack late Friday into Saturday comes days after eight U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint...

Experts weigh the record of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal

Nov. 17, 2018 4:24 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — After spending nine years and more than $300 million to prosecute leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million of their countrymen, a U.N.-assisted tribunal has ended up convicting only three people for the communist group's heinous actions. Was it worth it?...

US opposes UN resolution upholding Syria's right to Golan

Nov. 16, 2018 10:00 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has voted for the first time against a U.N. resolution upholding Syria's right to the Golan Heights, which Israel captured during the 1967 war. The General Assembly's decolonization committee voted 152-2 in favor of the resolution, with 14 abstentions. The U.S....

UN committee condemns rights violations against Rohingya

Nov. 16, 2018 9:21 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday strongly condemning the continuing "gross human rights violations and abuses" against Rohingya Muslims who are treated as outsiders in Myanmar and were victims of a brutal campaign by the country's military. The General...

UN chief reports significant results against rebels in Congo

Nov. 16, 2018 7:57 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A joint military operation by U.N. and Congolese troops to rout rebel forces from their strongholds in the Ebola-hit northeast Congo has "achieved quite significant results" and is still under way, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Friday. Jean-Pierre Lacroix clarified at a news...

UN envoy: Warring parties in Yemen agree to meet in Sweden

Nov. 16, 2018 6:54 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen announced Friday the country's internationally recognized government and rival Houthi Shiite rebels have agreed to attend talks aimed at ending their three-year war, which has created the globe's worst humanitarian crisis by pushing the Arab world's poorest...

Russian army: Nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees returned home

Nov. 16, 2018 11:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees have returned home in recent months, a fraction of the estimated 5.6 million Syrians who have fanned out across the world fleeing the seven-year conflict. Moscow and the government in Damascus have been encouraging refugees to...

UN human rights expert says UK cuts to services causing harm

Nov. 16, 2018 9:14 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert says cuts to Britain's social support are causing misery for poorer citizens. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, concluded Friday that Britain's government remains in a state of denial about the impact of benefit cuts and says the country's departure...

Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh delays return

Nov. 16, 2018 8:42 AM EST

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go. United Nations officials and international aid agencies praised the...

US fails to weaken UN references to sexual health

Nov. 16, 2018 12:02 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States failed in an attempt to water down references to "sexual and reproductive health" in a U.N. resolution Thursday despite support from China and many Islamic countries. The General Assembly's human rights committee defeated the U.S. attempt to amend the resolution...