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Libyan guards accused of sexually assaulting minors

Jun. 20, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — When Libyan security forces rescued her earlier this year, the young Somali woman thought it would be the end of her suffering. For more than two years, she had been imprisoned and sexually abused by human traffickers notorious for extorting, torturing and assaulting migrants...

Libya's interim government reopens Mediterranean highway

Jun. 20, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s interim authorities reopened on Sunday the Mediterranean coastal highway linking the country’s long-divided eastern and western cities, in the latest bid to reunite the territories after years of civil war. The announcement comes three days...

UN office says Sri Lanka ship fire causes significant damage

Jun. 20, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.N. representative in Sri Lanka said the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the capital Colombo has caused “a significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem. ...

Myanmar rejects UN resolution urging arms embargo

Jun. 19, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday rejected a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for an arms embargo against the Southeast Asian nation and condemning the military's February seizure of power. Myanmar described the resolution, which passed...

Guinea declares end to latest Ebola outbreak that killed 12

Jun. 19, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Guinea has declared an end to an Ebola outbreak that emerged in February and killed 12 people, according to the World Health Organization. The latest outbreak was the first to emerge in Guinea since a deadly outbreak from...

UN assembly condemns Myanmar coup, calls for arms embargo

Jun. 18, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a rare move, the U.N. General Assembly on Friday condemned Myanmar’s military coup and called for an arm embargo against the country in a resolution that demonstrated widespread global opposition to the junta and demanded the restoration of the country’s...

The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

Jun. 18, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants. The measures announced late Friday by President Yoweri Museveni include a ban on private and...

AP Interview: UN aid chief: Tackle root causes of suffering

Jun. 18, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor...

UN General Assembly approves a resolution condemning Myanmar's coup and calling for an arms embargo

Jun. 18, 2021 15:35 PM EDT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — UN General Assembly approves a resolution condemning Myanmar's coup and calling for an arms embargo.

UN re-elects Antonio Guterres as secretary-general

Jun. 18, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously elected Antonio Guterres to a second term as secretary-general on Friday, giving him another five years at the helm of the 193-member organization at a time a deeply divided world faces numerous conflicts, the growing impact of...