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Iran starts enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever

Apr. 17, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran began enriching uranium Friday to its highest-ever purity, edging close to weapons-grade levels, as it attempts to pressure negotiators in Vienna during talks on restoring its nuclear deal with world powers after an attack on its main enrichment site....

UN agrees to deploy cease-fire monitors in Libya

Apr. 16, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has authorized international monitors to watch over a nearly six-month-old cease-fire agreement in Libya as the country heads toward December elections after a decade of fighting and upheaval. In a vote announced Friday,...

Italy health chief distances himself from spiked WHO report

Apr. 16, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The head of Italy’s national health institute distanced himself Friday from a scandal over a spiked World Health Organization report into Italy’s coronavirus response, saying he had no means to interfere with the U.N. agency and had never censored even inconvenient...

UN: 40 civilian casualties in central Yemen in March alone

Apr. 16, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The ongoing battle between Yemen's Houthi rebels and government forces in the central province of Marib has caused 40 civilian casualties in March alone, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. At least 70 incidents of armed violence including shelling,...

Thousands flee attacks in Nigeria, clashes continue, says UN

Apr. 16, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. agencies said Friday that tens of thousands of Nigerians are fleeing deadly attacks by armed groups and the continuing clashes between the rebels and national forces in the country's troubled northeastern Borno state. The latest rebel attack on...

UN Security Council votes on monitors of Libya cease-fire

Apr. 15, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is voting on a draft resolution that urges all foreign forces and mercenaries to leave Libya and authorizes a small U.N. team to monitor last October’s cease-fire agreement that ordered their departure. The...

UN: Tigray's humanitarian crisis worsens, no Eritrean exit

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the grave humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region is deteriorating, with no sign of Eritrean troops withdrawing and alarmingly widespread reports of systematic rape and other sexual violence mainly by...

UN warns COVID-19 is `roaring back' as Yemen faces famine

Apr. 15, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic “roaring back” in recent weeks as the Arab world’s poorest country faces a large-scale famine. ...

Blinken urges nations to add $2B more to UN vaccine program

Apr. 15, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken appealed Thursday for other countries to inject another $2 billion into a U.N.-backed program to ship coronavirus vaccines to the world’s poorest countries — at a time when rich countries have seized the lion's share of them. ...

Africa CDC urges India to lift COVID vaccine export limits

Apr. 15, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa's top health official said Thursday he wants to believe that India will lift export restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, warning that “India is not an island” while some African nations still have seen no shots at all. ...