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Dolphins in Lisbon river show benefits of protecting nature

Jun. 26, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Delegates attending a U.N. conference in Lisbon next week might take inspiration for their efforts to protect the oceans by looking out of the venue’s windows at Portugal’s longest river, where frolicking dolphins nowadays delight locals and tourists. ...

Destruction everywhere, help scarce after Afghanistan quake

Jun. 26, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — When the ground heaved from last week’s earthquake in Afghanistan, Nahim Gul’s stone-and-mud house collapsed on top of him. He clawed through the rubble in the pre-dawn darkness, choking on dust as he searched for his father and two sisters. He doesn't...

WHO panel: Monkeypox not a global emergency 'at this stage'

Jun. 25, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said the escalating monkeypox outbreak in more than 50 countries should be closely monitored but does not warrant being declared a global health emergency. In a statement Saturday, a WHO emergency committee said many aspects of the...

Deadly quake a new blow to Afghans reeling from poverty

Jun. 25, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s deadly earthquake this week struck one of the poorest corners of a country that has been hollowed out by increasing poverty. Even as more aid arrived Saturday, many residents have no idea how they will rebuild the thousands of homes destroyed in villages...

US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarizes activists

Jun. 24, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The U.S....

Donors pledge $160 million, Palestinian refugees need more

Jun. 24, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Donors pledged about $160 million for the U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees, but it still needs over $100 million to support education for more than half a million children and provide primary health care for close to 2 million people and emergency cash assistance to...

Aftershock in Afghanistan as quake toll rises to 1,150 dead

Jun. 24, 2022 08:49 AM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — An aftershock took more lives Friday and threatened to pile even more misery on an area of eastern Afghanistan reeling from a powerful earthquake that state media said killed 1,150 people this week. Among the dead from Wednesday's magnitude 6 quake are...

UN body to hold urgent debate on Afghan women, girls' rights

Jun. 24, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body is to hold an urgent debate next week to discuss the erosion of rights of women and girls in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover nearly a year ago. Human Rights Council spokesman Rolando Gomez said Friday that the Geneva-based...

UN office points to Israel in Al Jazeera reporter's death

Jun. 24, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office said Friday that veteran Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh and her crew were hit by “seemingly well-aimed bullets” fired from the direction of Israeli troops and called for a criminal probe into her death last month. Abu...

Afghanistan earthquake victims face struggles getting aid

Jun. 24, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

Getting donations to Afghanistan earthquake victims will be far more difficult compared with other disasters due to sanctions against the country’s Taliban government and its troubled relationship with Western nations, experts say. International groups that maintained operations in...