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Congo's president still coy on role in long-delayed election

Jul. 19, 2018 6:33 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — President Joseph Kabila said in a national address Thursday that Congo's long-delayed December election will go ahead but he still gave no indication what role he will play as the deadline for candidate announcements approaches. Kabila's speech to the National Assembly and Senate had...

UN diplomats: Russia and China block US on North Korea oil

Jul. 19, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the United States on Thursday from getting the United Nations to publicly accuse North Korea of smuggling in refined petroleum products beyond the annual quota of 500,000 barrels allowed under U.N. sanctions, diplomats said. The Russians and Chinese, who are...

Syria rebels agree to surrender frontier with Israel

Jul. 19, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels agreed to surrender their last pockets of control in southwest Quneitra province to the government, state media reported Thursday, making way for Damascus to re-establish its authority along the Israeli frontier. The deal, confirmed in its general outlines by a monitoring group...

Growing extremism threatens Mali's July 29 elections

Jul. 19, 2018 6:29 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — As deadly attacks by extremists become more brazen in Mali, officials and citizens fear this month's presidential election will be at risk from growing insecurity. A branch of al-Qaida even set off a car bomb at the headquarters of a new West African counterterror force late last month,...

Djibouti asks UN help to end border dispute with Eritrea

Jul. 18, 2018 6:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Djibouti is asking Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help peacefully resolve a border dispute with Eritrea following the recent end to that nation's 20-year border dispute with Ethiopia. Djibouti's U.N. ambassador, Mohamed Siad Doualeh, asked Guterres in a letter circulated...

Palestinians protest US visa denial to experts to come to UN

Jul. 18, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians are protesting the U.S. refusal to grant visas to six experts from the prime minister's office to come to the United Nations to present a report on Palestinian implementation of U.N. goals for 2030. The Palestinian U.N. ambassador, Riyad Mansour, told two reporters...

UNAIDS chief says won't quit over agency harassment claims

Jul. 18, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The embattled UNAIDS chief said Wednesday he will not quit his post over criticism of his handling of sexual harassment allegations at the Geneva-based agency. "I need to deliver on my job," Michel Sidibe said in response to questions from The Associated Press during a Paris press conference...

The Latest: EU border guards may be deployed in Macedonia

Jul. 18, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The European Union and Macedonia have agreed to allow EU border guards to be deployed in Macedonia if the country, which borders Greece, faces "sudden migratory challenges." The deal, initialed by EU commissioner...

ICC anniversary: Support for court, concern at challenges

Jul. 17, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the 20th anniversary of the statute that created the International Criminal Court, supporters praised the tribunal's actions to punish perpetrators of the world's worst atrocities and expressed concerns about the enormous challenges and political attacks it faces. General Assembly...

Rescue group: Libya left migrants to die in Mediterranean

Jul. 17, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A migrant aid group has accused Libya's coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including a woman and a toddler who died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants near the shores of the North African nation. Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish rescue group, said it...