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Serbia scraps planned Rio Tinto lithium mine after protests

Jan. 20, 2022 15:07 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Trying to defuse large protests by environmentalists, Serbia’s populist government said Thursday that it was canceling all licenses for mining giant Rio Tinto to open a lithium mine in the Balkan country. “We have fulfilled all the requests of the...

UN: Food aid in Ethiopia's Tigray now at 'all-time lowest'

Jan. 20, 2022 10:56 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations says food distribution in Ethiopia’s blockaded Tigray region has reached its “all-time lowest” while more than 50,000 children are thought to be severely malnourished, the latest sign of growing crisis amid efforts to end the country’s 14-month...

Serbian environmental protesters reject lithium mining plans

Jan. 15, 2022 16:12 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Environmental protesters demanding the cancelation of plans for lithium mining in western Serbia took to the streets again Saturday, blocking key roads and for the first time a border crossing. Traffic on the Balkan nation's main north-south highway was...

Police disperse Bedouin protesters in southern Israel

Jan. 13, 2022 11:59 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Thursday fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of Bedouin Arabs protesting a tree-planting campaign they say is aimed at pushing them off disputed land. It was the third consecutive day of demonstrations by Bedouin...

Some Palestinians get legal status after years in Gaza limbo

Jan. 10, 2022 01:17 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Khader al-Najjar has been unable to leave the Gaza Strip since he returned to the Palestinian territory 25 years ago, not even to seek medical treatment for a spinal ailment or to bid farewell to his mother, who died in Jordan last year. The reason:...

Serbia: Lithium mine opponents block roads in bad weather

Jan. 08, 2022 09:08 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of people in Serbia spent part of a holiday weekend blocking roads Saturday to protest plans for lithium mining in the Balkan country. The protests came a day after Orthodox Christians in Serbia and many other countries celebrated Christmas. The...

Hundreds block roads in Serbia against lithium mining plans

Jan. 03, 2022 10:01 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of people on Monday blocked roads in several locations in Serbia demanding that the authorities scrap any plans for lithium mining, which ecologists say would devastate the environment. Several minor incidents were reported as angry drivers sought...

Yemen rebels allow UN flights temporarily into Sanaa airport

Dec. 28, 2021 07:11 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Iran-backed rebels in Yemen said Tuesday they are temporarily allowing U.N. humanitarian flights to land at the airport in the capital, Sanaa, following a weeklong halt in flights into the northern, rebel-held territory. The rebel Houthis, who control Sanaa and...

Guatemalans protest killing of 12 people

Dec. 20, 2021 15:37 PM EST

SANTA CATARINA IXTAHUACAN, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators laid coffins on a platform to block a highway in Guatemala Monday to protest the weekend killings of a dozen people. The protesters placed eight coffins on an improvised wooden platform to demand justice in the...

Defiant in war and isolation, Hamas plays long game in Gaza

Dec. 20, 2021 08:09 AM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Each month, hundreds of trucks heavy with fuel, cement and other goods cross a plowed no man’s land between Egypt and the Gaza Strip — and Hamas becomes stronger. Hamas collects tens of millions of dollars a month in taxes and customs at the crossing in...