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Brazil's G20 presidency kicks off in Rio with foreign ministers meeting

Feb. 21, 2024 09:48 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Foreign ministers of the Group of 20 nations were gathering Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro to discuss poverty, climate change and heightened global tensions as Brazil takes on the annual presidency of the bloc. The ministers and other representatives of the 20...

UN top court shouldn't urge Israel to immediately withdraw from Palestinian-claimed lands, US says

Feb. 21, 2024 08:15 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United States said Wednesday the United Nations' top court should not issue an advisory opinion that says Israel should “immediately and unconditionally withdraw” from territories sought for a Palestinian state. Acting State Department legal...

More than $400 million needed for western Afghanistan to recover from October earthquake, UN says

Feb. 21, 2024 07:15 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than $400 million is needed for western Afghanistan to recover and rebuild after a devastating earthquake last October that killed around 2,000 people, the United Nations said Wednesday. The magnitude 6.3 quake on Oct. 7, one of the most destructive in the...

Food deliveries into northern Gaza are halted because of the war's chaos, increasing famine risk

Feb. 20, 2024 23:28 PM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The World Food Program said Tuesday it has paused deliveries of food to isolated northern Gaza because of increasing chaos across the territory, hiking fears of potential starvation. A study by the U.N. children’s agency warned that one in six children in the north are...

The US vetoes an Arab-backed UN resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza

Feb. 20, 2024 16:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Tuesday vetoed an Arab-backed and widely supported U.N. resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war in the embattled Gaza Strip, saying it would interfere with negotiations on a deal to free hostages abducted in...

Live updates | White House warns Israel: Rafah fight would be a disaster

Feb. 20, 2024 16:14 PM EST

The White House continues to warn Israel against expanding its offensive into Rafah, the southernmost city in the Gaza Strip. National Security spokesperson John Kirby said Tuesday that if Israel’s military doesn’t properly account for the safety of Palestinian refugees there,...

Global Citizen plans conference to team young people with world leaders like World Bank's Ajay Banga

Feb. 20, 2024 15:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — International advocacy organization Global Citizen is turning to Gen Z and millennial leaders in its fight to reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and end extreme poverty. Global Citizen announced Tuesday that it would hold its first...

Rebels linked to the Islamic State group kill at least two dozen civilians in eastern Congo

Feb. 20, 2024 13:44 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Extremist rebels in eastern Congo have killed at least two dozen civilians in separate attacks this week, local authorities and a civil society group said Tuesday. Rebels with the Allied Democratic Forces, which has ties to the Islamic State group, killed 13...

Putin gives Kim Jong Un a luxury limousine. It's a violation of UN sanctions on North Korea

Feb. 20, 2024 09:01 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has gifted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a Russian-made luxury limousine for his personal use, both countries announced Tuesday, in another sign of their expanding cooperation. Observers said the shipment violates a U.N....

South Africa tells top UN court that it's accusing Israel of apartheid against Palestinians

Feb. 20, 2024 06:21 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — South Africa argued at the United Nations' top court on Tuesday that Israel is responsible for apartheid against the Palestinians and that Israel's occupation of land sought for a Palestinian state is “inherently and fundamentally illegal.” Israel rejects such...