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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, cemetery workers place the coffin containing the remains of Jose de Arimateia, 65, who died from COVID-19 complications, into a niche at the municipal cemetery in Nova Iguacu, Brazil. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work....

Medical staff holds swabs for rapid COVID-19 tests at a high school in Rome, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. While hospitalizations and intensive care admissions are slightly rising, Italy has so far managed to keep its coronavirus infections per 100,000 people far lower than France, Spain or Britain, which earlier this week were forced to impose new restrictions to avoid a second pandemic wave. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

WHO, partners roll out faster COVID tests for poorer nations

Sep. 28, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization announced Monday that it and leading partners have agreed to a plan to roll out 120 million rapid-diagnostic tests for the coronavirus to help lower- and middle-income countries make up ground in a testing gap with richer countries — even if it’s...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Bob Loughman, prime minister of Vanuatu, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (Manuel Elias/UN Photo via AP)

At UN, nations urge overdue reckoning with colonial crimes

Sep. 28, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of countries once subjugated to Western powers sent a pointed message at this year’s U.N. General Assembly: For those who think the word “colonialism” evokes a long-ago, no-longer-relevant era, think again. Several leaders raised this year’s global protests...

Schoolchildren wait to enter their school in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday Sept, 28, 2020. Zimbabwe schools have reopened in phases, but with smaller number of pupils, more teachers and other related measures to enable children to resume their education without the risk of a spike in COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

Sep. 28, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils return to class by early November. But many teachers did not report for work, as their union demanded that the government should first pay them a COVID-19...

A patient is wheeled out of the Accident and Emergency ward after medical workers downed tools over poor pay and allowances at Kenya's largest referral hospital Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. A witness says a man has died outside an emergency ward of Kenya's largest referral hospital after he was not treated for hours because the staff are on strike over pay raises that were approved in 2012 but according to medical workers not received. (AP Photo)

1 person dies as Nairobi hospital workers strike in Kenya

Sep. 28, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A man has died outside an emergency ward of Kenya's largest referral hospital after he was not treated for hours by striking staff, a witness said. Pay raises for Kenyatta National Hospital workers were approved by the government in 2012 but the workers say they have not received the...

UN: Africa lost $800B in illegal transfers in recent years

Sep. 28, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations estimates that illegal outflows of capital from Africa totaled over $830 billion in the first 15 years of this century, much of it linked to movements of high-value commodities like gold, diamonds, and platinum — straining the ability of the continent's governments...

Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. A spokesman for Zimbabwe's national parks said on Wednesday, Sept. 2 the number of elephants dying in the country's west from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22 and more deaths are expected. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts

Sep. 28, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that has previously affected elephants in Asia and other animals in southern Africa, although more tests will still be carried out. Fulton Mangwanya, the...

FILE - This Jan. 17, 2020 file photo shows Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter during a meeting in Athens. Libyan rivals on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 restarted military and security talks, aiming to reach a settlement that could help end the county’s years-long conflict, the United Nations said. The face-to-face military talks came amid international pressure on both sides of the war and their foreign backers to avert an attack on the strategic city of Sirte, after a year-long assault on the capital, Tripoli, by forces of military commander Khalifa Hifter collapsed this summer. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN says Libyan rivals have restarted military talks in Egypt

Sep. 28, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan rivals on Monday restarted military and security talks, aiming to reach a settlement that could help end the county’s years-long conflict, the United Nations said. The U.N. support mission in Libya said in a brief statement that military and police teams from eastern and western...

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UN: Africa lost $800B in illegal transfers in recent years

Sep. 28, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations estimates that illegal outflows of capital from Africa totaled over $830 billion in the first 15 years of this century, much of it linked to movements of high-value commodities like gold, diamonds, and platinum — straining the ability of the continent's governments...

FILE - This Jan. 17, 2020 file photo shows Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter during a meeting in Athens. Libyan rivals on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 restarted military and security talks, aiming to reach a settlement that could help end the county’s years-long conflict, the United Nations said. The face-to-face military talks came amid international pressure on both sides of the war and their foreign backers to avert an attack on the strategic city of Sirte, after a year-long assault on the capital, Tripoli, by forces of military commander Khalifa Hifter collapsed this summer. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN says Libyan rivals have restarted military talks in Egypt

Sep. 28, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan rivals on Monday restarted military and security talks, aiming to reach a settlement that could help end the county’s years-long conflict, the United Nations said. The U.N. support mission in Libya said in a brief statement that military and police teams from eastern and western...

Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. A spokesman for Zimbabwe's national parks said on Wednesday, Sept. 2 the number of elephants dying in the country's west from a suspected bacterial infection, possibly from eating poisonous plants, has risen to 22 and more deaths are expected. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts

Sep. 28, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that has previously affected elephants in Asia and other animals in southern Africa, although more tests will still be carried out. Fulton Mangwanya, the...

Schoolchildren wait to enter their school in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday Sept, 28, 2020. Zimbabwe schools have reopened in phases, but with smaller number of pupils, more teachers and other related measures to enable children to resume their education without the risk of a spike in COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

Sep. 28, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils return to class by early November. But many teachers did not report for work, as their union demanded that the government should first pay them a COVID-19...

A patient is wheeled out of the Accident and Emergency ward after medical workers downed tools over poor pay and allowances at Kenya's largest referral hospital Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. A witness says a man has died outside an emergency ward of Kenya's largest referral hospital after he was not treated for hours because the staff are on strike over pay raises that were approved in 2012 but according to medical workers not received. (AP Photo)

1 person dies as Nairobi hospital workers strike in Kenya

Sep. 28, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A man has died outside an emergency ward of Kenya's largest referral hospital after he was not treated for hours by striking staff, a witness said. Pay raises for Kenyatta National Hospital workers were approved by the government in 2012 but the workers say they have not received the...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Bob Loughman, prime minister of Vanuatu, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (Manuel Elias/UN Photo via AP)

At UN, nations urge overdue reckoning with colonial crimes

Sep. 28, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of countries once subjugated to Western powers sent a pointed message at this year’s U.N. General Assembly: For those who think the word “colonialism” evokes a long-ago, no-longer-relevant era, think again. Several leaders raised this year’s global protests...

Bawi UK, 22, is photographed in his apartment in Providence, R.I., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. UK was a small child when his parents fled Myanmar, leaving him and his siblings to be cared for by their maternal grandmother. UK said the family suffered discrimination as Christians in a predominantly Buddhist nation. The military government was also trying to forcibly conscript his father.

New US citizen refugees excited for first presidential vote

Sep. 28, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — They came fleeing war and persecution in countries like Myanmar, Eritrea and Iraq, handpicked by the United States for resettlement under longstanding humanitarian traditions. Now, tens of thousands of refugees welcomed into the U.S. during the Obama administration are American citizens,...

The UN Security Council holds a meeting on the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, in this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, at United Nations headquarters. The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it. “We could criticize the U.N. for this — but who are we really talking about, when we blame `the U.N.?'” Switzerland President Simonetta Sommaruga asked. “We are in fact talking about ourselves, because the U.N. is its member states. And it is often member states that stand in the way of the U.N.’s work.”(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

UN failures on coronavirus underscore the need for reforms

Sep. 27, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it, prompting renewed calls to reform the world body so that it can meet challenges far different — and more daunting — than...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 file photo, Mali's then Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Moctar Ouane addresses the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. Mali's transitional president Bah N'Daw on Sunday, Sept, 27, 2020 appointed former minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane, as the West African nation's prime minister, with the appointment of a civilian prime minister being a major condition imposed by the West African regional economic bloc, ECOWAS, on Mali to lift sanctions that were imposed after an Aug. 18 coup. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Mali transitional government appoints new prime minister

Sep. 27, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president appointed former minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane, on Sunday as the West African nation’s prime minister days after being sworn into office. The appointment of a civilian prime minister was a major condition imposed by the West...

Moroccan police officers wearing face masks patrol Ain Diab beach in Casablanca, Morocco, Wednesday, Sept.23, 2020. Morocco first decreed lockdown measures on March 20. Today, police checks are part of the scenery in hard-hit Casablanca, the country's economic powerhouse, or Marrakech, a major tourist destination at a standstill. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Morocco faces down COVID spread with tough rules

Sep. 27, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — With air and sea borders closed for months and eight cities barring people from entering or leaving, Morocco has been pulling out the stops to stanch the spread of coronavirus. Still, the kingdom on the Atlantic coast, a magnet for tourists in better times, has registered more than...