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UN health agency calls emergency meeting on Ebola outbreak

Jul. 16, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is convening a meeting of experts on Wednesday to decide whether the Ebola outbreak should be declared an international emergency after spreading to eastern Congo's biggest city this week. This is the fourth time WHO has convened the group to assess...

Mexico expects US to ramp up deportations in coming days

Jul. 14, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say they expect 1,807 Mexicans who have been issued final deportation orders in the U.S. to be returned to their country in the coming days. Officials at the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry say there was no indication of an uptick in arrests of Mexicans without visas...

Mexico says US development aid to fund wind farm, LNG plant

Jul. 10, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says a natural gas plant and a wind farm to produce electricity will be the first two projects under a U.S. development program to improve the economy of Mexico's poor south as a way to discourage migration. Mexico's foreign ministry said Wednesday that $500...

China's largesse in Tonga threatens future of Pacific nation

Jul. 10, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs roam dusty roads that wind through villages dotted with churches. Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom there are signs that a battle for power...

Ivory Coast passes legislation encouraged by Ivanka Trump

Jul. 9, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump is applauding the recent passage of legislation in Ivory Coast related to changes she pushed during her April trip to Africa. The country is in the process of updating its family code to make it more equitable to women — a move President Donald Trump's eldest daughter...

Rights group says Syria co-opting humanitarian efforts

Jun. 28, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is co-opting humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance and sometimes using it to "entrench repressive policies," an international rights group said Friday, calling on donors and investors to ensure their contributions are used for the good of the Syrian people....

Australia probes reports of citizen detained in North Korea

Jun. 27, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said Thursday it was "urgently seeking clarification" on reports that an Australian had been detained in North Korea, which the attorney-general described as a "matter of the utmost seriousness." The family of Alek Sigley said they had no confirmation...

Parents of UK militant in Syria spared jail for sending cash

Jun. 21, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A couple from Oxford whose son converted to Islam and traveled to Syria to support the Islamic State group were found guilty Friday and given suspended sentences for trying to send him money. Organic farmer John Letts, 58, and ex-Oxfam fundraiser Sally Lane, 56, said they were acting as any...

UN: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home

Jun. 19, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, an increase of more than 2 million from a year earlier — and an overall total that would amount to the world's 20th most populous country. The annual...

Charity watchdog condemns Oxfam for Haiti behavior

Jun. 11, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — England's charity watchdog condemned Oxfam GB on Tuesday for having a "culture of poor behavior," in connection with the sexual misconduct scandal involving its workers in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. The Charity Commission for England and Wales issued an official warning following an...