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South Africa's main opposition party rallies support as it concludes election campaign

May. 27, 2024 03:08 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's main opposition party Democratic Alliance on Sunday made its final appeal to voters to help it unseat the ruling African National Congress as it concluded its campaign ahead of elections this week. The Democratic Alliance is the biggest opposition...

Yemen’s Houthi rebels freed over 100 war prisoners, the Red Cross says

May. 26, 2024 05:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen on Sunday released more than 100 war prisoners linked to the country’s long-running conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. The unilateral release came more than a year after Yemen’s warring sides freed...

Egypt agrees to send aid trucks through Israeli crossing to Gaza but impact is unclear

May. 25, 2024 03:53 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Egypt said Friday it has agreed to send United Nations humanitarian aid trucks through Israel’s main crossing into Gaza, but it was unclear if they will be able to enter the territory as fighting raged in the southern city of Rafah amid Israel’s escalating offensive...

Efforts to draft a pandemic treaty falter as countries disagree on how to respond to next emergency

May. 24, 2024 18:38 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A global treaty to fight pandemics like COVID is going to have to wait: After more than two years of negotiations, rich and poor countries have failed — for now — to come up with a plan for how the world might respond to the next pandemic. After COVID-19...

Security Council approves resolution decrying attacks on UN and aid workers and demanding protection

May. 24, 2024 16:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council approved a resolution Friday that strongly condemns attacks on humanitarian workers and U.N. personnel and demands that all combatants protect them in accordance with international law. The vote was 14-0 with Russia...

Top UN court orders Israel to halt military offensive in Rafah, though Israel is unlikely to comply

May. 24, 2024 15:11 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' top court ordered Israel on Friday to immediately halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, but stopped short of ordering a cease-fire for the enclave. Although Israel is unlikely to comply with the order, it will ratchet up...

Top UN court declines to issue preliminary orders in Mexico-Ecuador dispute over Quito embassy raid

May. 23, 2024 10:40 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top United Nations court declined Thursday to issue an immediate order for Ecuador to protect Mexican diplomatic property following the storming of Mexico's embassy in Quito to arrest a former vice president. International Court of Justice...

On Chinese doping case, lawmakers demand action, answers from Olympic and law-enforcement leaders

May. 22, 2024 19:36 PM EDT

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators sent a letter Wednesday to the leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asking for answers about the case in which 23 Chinese swimmers were cleared to compete at the Tokyo Olympics despite positive tests for a banned drug. That letter came a day...

ICC prosecutor's warrant requests for Israel and Hamas leaders ignite debate about court's role

May. 22, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The stunning announcement that the International Criminal Court is considering issuing an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes and crimes against humanity has ignited a fierce debate about the court's future as an independent...

Vietnam’s top security official To Lam confirmed as president

May. 22, 2024 01:51 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Vietnam’s top security official To Lam was confirmed Wednesday as the nation's new president. He oversaw police and intelligence operations over a period when rights groups say basic liberties have been systematically suppressed, and its secret service was accused of violating...