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UN urges Sudan's military to allow protester deaths probe

Jun. 24, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official is urging Sudan's military rulers to allow her office to investigate a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Monday Sudan's military-backed government had not...

UN rights chief: Relatives of ex-IS fighters should go home

Jun. 24, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Thousands of relatives of former foreign fighters in the Islamic State group should be repatriated, the U.N. human rights chief said Monday, insisting children in particular have suffered "grievous violations" of their rights — a challenge to European and other countries that have been...

Chinese agricultural official picked to lead UN food agency

Jun. 24, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Qu Dongyu, China's deputy agricultural minister, was elected Sunday as the new director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the first person from a Communist country to hold the influential FAO post. The agency's 194 member countries convened at the FAO headquarters in Rome...

Chile's dictatorship-era children demand legal recognition

Jun. 24, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Two months before Tamara Lagos was born in 1984, her father was killed by agents of the Chilean dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Soon after, her mother took her into exile in Argentina. But when Lagos finally returned to Chile five years later, she was unable to secure a birth...

The Latest: China's Qu Dongyu is new chief of UN food agency

Jun. 23, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on picking the new chief for the Food and Agriculture Organization (all times local): 1:55 p.m. China's agricultural deputy minister Qu Dongyu has been elected as the new director general of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Qu is the first person from a...

Qu Dongyu from China is elected new chief of UN food agency FAO

Jun. 23, 2019 7:47 AM EDT
ROME (AP) — Qu Dongyu from China is elected new chief of UN food agency FAO.

UN food agency members vote to elect new director general

Jun. 23, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Members of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have started voting to elect the new head of the U.N. food agency, and China's candidate is seen as the front-runner. The 194 member countries, convened at the FAO's headquarters in Rome for the agency's 41st conference, were picking the...

The Latest: Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to strike Iran

Jun. 22, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on The United States and Iran's tensions over the shoot-down of a massive U.S. drone (all times local): 8:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he abruptly called off the military strikes on Iran Thursday because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been out of proportion...

UN human rights chief appeals for dialogue in Venezuela

Jun. 21, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official urged Venezuela's government and opposition Friday to put aside deep political differences and commit to dialogue aimed at ending a humanitarian crisis showing no signs of letting up. The comments by U.N. High Commissioner for Human...

UN to appeal for $1.2 billion to help 5 million Palestinians

Jun. 21, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said Friday he hopes donors will be as generous this year as they were last year after the United States cut all funding for the $1.2 billion program to help some 5 million Palestinians. Pierre Krahenbuhl said at a news conference...