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Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

UN appeals for humanitarian corridors in northwestern Syria

Feb. 18, 2020 10:54 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations human rights chief urged Syrian government forces and their allies Tuesday to allow safe corridors in conflict areas in northwestern Syria, where a military offensive has unleashed a massive wave of fleeing civilians in one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in the long...

In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, young desert locusts that have not yet grown wings jump in the air as they are approached, as a visiting delegation from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) observes them, in the desert near Garowe, in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia. The desert locusts in this arid patch of northern Somalia look less ominous than the billion-member swarms infesting East Africa, but the hopping young locusts are the next wave in the outbreak that threatens more than 10 million people across the region with a severe hunger crisis. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan

Feb. 18, 2020 10:26 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday. Around 2,000 locusts were spotted inside the country,...

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to The Associated Press, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Guterres said Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak that began in China

AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses 'enormous' risks

Feb. 18, 2020 9:02 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The U.N. secretary general said Tuesday that the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.” Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Antonio Guterres said that “the...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter arrives at the Foreign Ministry to meet the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

UN says Libyan rival forces resume talks to save cease-fire

Feb. 18, 2020 8:48 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Libya’s warring sides resumed Tuesday U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country, the U.N. said, even as eastern Libyan forces stepped up their attacks on the Libyan capital, hitting its port. It appeared to be the first such...

Stampede kills at least 20 at refugee camp in Niger

Feb. 18, 2020 7:17 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — At least 20 people died in a stampede in Niger as they were being given food and goods at a refugee camp, a local official said. Diffa governor Issa Lamine said 15 women and five children were killed and 16 others were injured Monday at the camp in the southeast for people who fled...

UN secretary-general tells AP new coronavirus outbreak "not out of control" but a "very dangerous situation.”

Feb. 18, 2020 6:31 AM EST
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — UN secretary-general tells AP new coronavirus outbreak "not out of control" but a "very dangerous situation.”.
FILE - In this July 3, 2019 file photo, debris covers the ground and an emergency vehicle after an airstrike at a detention center in Tajoura, east of Tripoli in Libya. The United Nations revealed on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 new details about an airstrike that smashed into a migrant detention center in Libya, killing at least 50 people. The July attack, which ranked among the deadliest assaults on civilians since the start of Libya’s civil war, sparked international condemnation and accusations of war crimes.  (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed, File)

UN: Impact of long Libya war on civilians is `incalculable'

Feb. 17, 2020 8:40 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N humanitarian coordinator for Libya said Monday the impact of the country’s nine-year war on civilians “is incalculable,” pointing to its intensity escalating “exponentially” since a rebel commander launched an offensive last April, casualties...

Gunmen kill 24 in attack near church in Burkina Faso

Feb. 17, 2020 4:25 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation. The mayor of Boundore commune, Sihanri...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians celebrate as they hold their national flags in Aleppo province, Syria, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. On Monday Syria's military announced its troops have regained control of territories in northwestern Syria

After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

Feb. 17, 2020 2:51 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging to press ahead with a military campaign to achieve complete victory “sooner or later.” Assad,...

Lesotho's drought makes 500,000 people hungry, UN says

Feb. 17, 2020 12:17 PM EST

MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — An estimated 500,000 people are threatened with hunger in Lesotho, a quarter of the mountain kingdom's population, according to the United Nations, which is appealing to the international community for help. A drought last year and patchy rains this year have contributed to poor...