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Venezuelan migrants missing after 2nd sea tragedy in a month

May. 20, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan official confirmed Monday that a small boat carrying at least 20 people sank in Caribbean coastal waters last week, with most of its passengers missing in the second sea tragedy in a month involving Venezuelan migrants taking great risks to escape their country's...

Despite upheaval, Venezuela's Maduro touts an anniversary

May. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Monday celebrated the anniversary of his disputed re-election amid a growing humanitarian crisis and political upheaval. Maduro tweeted that the May 20, 2018, election, was a "victory" for Venezuelans, though the opposition and many...

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

May. 17, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. officials and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold. The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated by Russia...

UN says civilians targeted in airstrikes on Yemen's capital

May. 17, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it is "deeply saddened" by the targeting of civilians in recent airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which left at least six dead including four children, in Yemen's capital. The agency issued a statement Friday quoting its spokesman Andrej Mahecic as saying that...

Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US

May. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. "If America launches war on Iran, it will not...

The Latest: Cuban, Canadian FMs meet to discuss Venezuela

May. 16, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland have met in Havana to discuss issues including the crisis in Venezuela. Rodríguez confirmed the Thursday meeting on...

North Korea says it is suffering worst drought in decades

May. 15, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it is suffering its worst drought in nearly four decades amid reports of severe food shortages. The official Korean Central News Agency said an average of 54.4 millimeters (2.1 inches) of rain fell throughout the country in the first five months of this...

UN envoy urges new pullouts from Yemen ports and peace steps

May. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen urged the warring parties Wednesday to maintain the momentum of the initial pullout of Houthi rebel forces from three ports by moving quickly to larger joint withdrawals — and to work urgently on a political solution to the devastating conflict. Martin...

US calls for 'concrete actions' against Maduro's repression

May. 14, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is calling on all nations "to be prepared to take concrete actions" to respond to repression by President Nicolas Maduro's regime in Venezuela. A statement Tuesday by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations did not elaborate on what actions it is seeking, but said...

Venezuela exodus raises worries of babies being stateless

May. 14, 2019 3:53 AM EDT

CÚCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Arelys Pulido had already lost one baby in a neglected Venezuelan hospital where doctors and medical gear are in increasingly short supply, so when she got pregnant again she decided to give birth in a foreign land. She packed suitcases filled with clothes and a few prized...