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US wins seat on UN rights council in uncontested election

Oct. 14, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States won a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council that former president Donald Trump denounced and quit, joining 17 other nations elected in uncontested votes Thursday that were criticized for guaranteeing spots to countries with abysmal rights records. ...

Ransomed and beaten: Migrants face abuse in Libyan detention

Oct. 13, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

ONBOARD THE GEO BARENTS OFF LIBYA (AP) — Osman Touré was crying from the pain of repeated beatings and torture as he dialed his brother’s cellphone number. “I’m in prison in Libya,” Touré said in that August 2017 call. “They will kill me if you don’t pay...

UN told failure to deal with diversity is root cause of wars

Oct. 12, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — One by one, South Africa’s former president listed African countries Tuesday where the failure to deal with diversity was a root cause of conflict, from the Biafran war in Nigeria in the late 1960s to the current clashes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. ...

4 share ‘Alternative Nobel’ for empowering communities

Sep. 29, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Right Livelihood Award — known as the “Alternative Nobel” — was awarded Wednesday to three activists and an organization working across the globe to empower communities in areas ranging from child protection to environmental defense. ...

Reparations draw UN scrutiny, but those who'd pay say little

Sep. 28, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests launched a worldwide reckoning about the centuries of racism that Black people continue to face, the question of reparations emerged — unevenly — as a high-profile issue at this year’s largest gathering of world leaders. ...

Biden to name African-born doctor to lead HIV/AIDS response

Sep. 27, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that he intends to nominate Dr. John N. Nkengasong to coordinate the U.S. response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide. Nkengasong, a U.S. citizen born in Cameroon, would be the first person of African descent to hold...

Hate crime against gay man from Cameroon case dismissed

Sep. 23, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A hate crime case in Seattle involving a gay man from Cameroon has been dismissed and the people charged say they were blindsided by the arrests. Police had said a man was attacked outside his apartment in November 2018 and that his mother was assaulted...

Agent: $210 of $5.9M cash deposited in court clerk accounts

Aug. 26, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Only $210 in cash was deposited in accounts for a Georgia county court during years in which the clerk’s office received $5.9 million in cash, an FBI agent told a federal magistrate judge. The cash was collected from 2010 to 2019, Special Agent...

9 years on, Cameroon Olympic boxer talks of defection to UK

Aug. 06, 2021 03:17 AM EDT

SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — When boxer Thomas Essomba walked out of the London Olympic Village with his suitcases in 2012, he left behind his life in Cameroon to start another one from scratch in a country he knew next to nothing about. Essomba, who was captain of his...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 05:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. It had 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games and is set to include 29 athletes...