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UN envoy challenges Malaysia's claim to near zero poverty

Aug. 24, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A U.N. special rapporteur challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country are still considered poor. Malaysia's official poverty rate fell from 49% in 1970 to just 0.4% in 2016. Philip Alston, the...

UN expert: No peace in Myanmar if no military prosecutions

Aug. 23, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There will be no long-term peace in Myanamar and no return of Rohingya refugees unless there is accountability for the "brutality" of the Asian country's military forces, a member of the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said Friday. Radhika Coomaraswamy,...

Report: West, Central Africa violence closes 9,000 schools

Aug. 23, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Fourteen-year-old Hussaini said he first heard screaming. Then people fired guns, shooting at and killing at least one of his teachers in his northern Burkina Faso village. It's been more than a year since Hussaini has been to school. "I used to love school, to read, to count and to...

Security in Kashmir tightened following call for march

Aug. 23, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities intensified patrols Friday in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city after posters appeared calling for a public march to a United Nations office to protest New Delhi's tightened grip on the disputed region. Police and paramilitary soldiers re-imposed restrictions on...

UN: Ebola outbreak in Congo has killed nearly 2,000 people

Aug. 23, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's emergencies chief said the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is approaching a "stark" milestone with nearly 2,000 people killed by the virus in the year-long epidemic. In a press briefing on Friday, Dr. Mike Ryan said that although the U.N. health agency has the...

'Peace park' removes United Nations flag after objections

Aug. 23, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

SHERBORN, Mass. (AP) — Who knew a "peace park" could be so contentious? The Pacifist Memorial in the Boston suburb of Sherborn has been forced to take down a United Nations flag after residents objected. Memorial founder Lewis Randa removed the flag and its flagpole last week because residents of the...

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

Aug. 23, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the imperfect vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is "unequivocally in favor" of...

UN chief urges world to stamp out religious persecution

Aug. 22, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world on the first international day to remember the victims of religious persecution to "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups." The U.N. chief on Thursday cited a...

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

Aug. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is "unequivocably in favor" of...

US and Russia blame each other for abandoning missile treaty

Aug. 22, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and the United States blamed each other Thursday for abandoning a landmark arms control agreement on missiles, with Moscow warning of a new arms race and the Trump administration demanding details of a recent mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear engineers....