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New cyclone begins to make landfall in northern Mozambique

Apr. 25, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A powerful tropical cyclone began to make landfall on Thursday in Mozambique, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and left hundreds dead. Authorities carried out compulsory evacuations in cases where residents resisted warnings to flee. Cyclone...

Libya asks UN to probe violations in Tripoli battle

Apr. 25, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya's U.N.-supported government is asking the Security Council to appoint a "fact-finding mission" to investigate alleged violations by the forces attacking the capital. Ambassador Elmahdi Elmajerbi said in an April 18 letter to the council president circulated Thursday that the...

UN confirms 3rd Hezbollah tunnel at Lebanon-Israel frontier

Apr. 25, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon have confirmed the existence of a third cross-border tunnel, out of six the Israeli military said it discovered in the area last year. The force known as UNIFIL says the tunnels violate a cease-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and...

Syrian woman in wheelchair tells UN disabled are invisible

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A 20-year-old Syrian woman with cerebral palsy told the United Nations on Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities already "were forgotten in times of peace" and are struggling to survive in her country's long war as they "remain invisible." Nujeen Mustafa...

UN: No screen time for babies; only 1 hour for kids under 5

Apr. 24, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidance for how much screen time children under 5 should get: not very much, and none at all for those under 1. The U.N. health agency said Wednesday that kids under 5 should not spend more than one hour watching screens every day...

Gunmen attack migrant detention center in Libya's Tripoli

Apr. 24, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen attacked a detention center holding hundreds of migrants in Libya's capital, where fighting has raged between rival militias since a military commander launched an offensive earlier this month, a rights group said Wednesday. Amnesty International said armed men raided the Qasr Ben...

Russia offers Ukrainians in conflict zones quick citizenship

Apr. 24, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to expedite citizenship applications from Ukrainians who live in parts of Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists, a move that could hold back a peace process to end years of bloodshed. The decree, which was published on the...

The Latest: Russian official calls for Libya cease-fire

Apr. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The Latest on developments in Libya, where armed groups are battling for control of the capital, Tripoli (all times local): 3 p.m. A top Russian diplomat has called on the self-styled Libyan National Army to cease fire and stop its advance on the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Asked if...

UN rights chief condemns 'shocking' Saudi mass executions

Apr. 24, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights chief is calling Saudi Arabia's mass execution of 37 men, including three who were sentenced as minors, "shocking" and "abhorrent." Michelle Bachelet's office said Wednesday the beheadings in six cities across Saudi Arabia were carried out Tuesday despite repeated...

UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents

Apr. 24, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and international forces were responsible for more civilian deaths in the first three months of 2019 than the Taliban and other militants, a new U.N. report said Wednesday. It marks the first time in recent years that civilian deaths attributed to government forces and...