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Transitional council in Haiti to choose new leaders is formally established amid gang violence

Apr. 12, 2024 18:51 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A transitional council tasked with choosing Haiti’s next prime minister and Cabinet was established Friday in a move supporters hope will help quell turmoil in the troubled Caribbean country where most of the capital remains under the grip of criminal gangs. ...

European court decision shows that a safe climate is a human right, former UN rights chief says

Apr. 12, 2024 10:17 AM EDT

OXFORD, England (AP) — Having a safe climate is becoming more of a human right globally with this week's European court decision that says countries must better protect people from climate change, something warming-hit residents of the Global South long knew, said former Ireland President Mary...

Sudan's war began a year ago. Children are among its most fragile survivors

Apr. 12, 2024 05:55 AM EDT

METCHE CAMP, Chad (AP) — The war in Sudan began a year ago. Here in a remote camp for tens of thousands of people who have fled into neighboring Chad, the anniversary is marked by near starvation. Assadig Abubaker Salih is a 42-year old mother of six. The family survived the hot,...

Sexual assaults rise in Central African Republic. Wagner, bandits and even peacekeepers are blamed

Apr. 12, 2024 05:54 AM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — It was too late for the mother to shield her children when the two masked and armed Russian fighters burst into her home, held her at gunpoint and took turns raping her. Her five children were forced to watch in the dark. Seated in a...

More aid is supposed to be entering the Gaza Strip. Why isn’t it helping?

Apr. 11, 2024 15:36 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Under heavy U.S. pressure, Israel has promised to ramp up aid to Gaza dramatically, saying last week it would open another cargo crossing and surge more trucks than ever before into the besieged enclave. But days later, there are few signs of those promises...

Mexico wants UN to suspend Ecuador over its police raid on the Mexican embassy in Quito

Apr. 11, 2024 14:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president said Thursday his country wants the United Nations to suspend Ecuador from the world body as part of a complaint to the top U.N. court over Ecuador’s police raid last week on the Mexican embass y in Quito. Tensions between Mexico and Ecuador...

UN climate chief presses for faster action, says humans have 2 years left 'to save the world'

Apr. 10, 2024 09:03 AM EDT

OXFORD, England (AP) — Humanity has only two years left “to save the world” by making dramatic changes in the way it spews heat-trapping emissions and it has even less time to act to get the finances behind such a massive shift, the head of the United Nations climate agency said. ...

In some classrooms in Senegal, deaf and hard-of-hearing students now study alongside everyone else

Apr. 10, 2024 02:34 AM EDT

PIKINE, Senegal (AP) — Mouhamed Sall stepped to the chalkboard with a glance and quick question in sign language to an assistant. Then he solved the exercise to the silent approval of his classmates, who waved their hands in a display of appreciation. Sall and three other students...

Germany rejects allegations that it's facilitating acts of genocide in Gaza at UN court

Apr. 09, 2024 13:28 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Germany on Tuesday strongly rejected a case brought by Nicaragua at the United Nations' top court accusing Berlin of facilitating breaches of the Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law by providing arms and other support to Israel in its deadly assault...

Nobel laureate Bialiatski's condition worsens after 1,000 days in Belarusian prison, his wife says

Apr. 09, 2024 12:24 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate and activist Ales Bialiatski marked his 1,000th day in prison in Belarus on Tuesday amid increasing fears about his deteriorating health, his wife said. Natalia Pinchuk told The Associated Press that Bialiatski has remained in...