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State Dept. spokesman tests positive for COVID-19 after UNGA

Sep. 27, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department spokesman Ned Price has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be self-quarantining for the next 10 days. Price, who is vaccinated, said he tested positive for coronavirus on Monday morning after returning from New York, where he...

Global Citizen Live generates $1.1 billion to fight poverty

Sep. 27, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour concert that featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, BTS and Elton John and dozens of other stars, raised more than $1.1 billion in commitments and pledges over the weekend to fight extreme poverty. ...

Yemen uses UN speech to call for more COVID-19 vaccines

Sep. 27, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

The top diplomat of Yemen's internationally recognized government said Monday his conflict-torn country needs millions more coronavirus vaccines to ensure some of the world's poorest are not left behind. In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Ahmed Awad Bin...

Syria says doors open to refugees, despite contrary claims

Sep. 27, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s top diplomat on Monday said its doors are open for the safe return of refugees, accusing Western countries of taking advantage of the suffering of Syrians while pretending to care for their well-being. Speaking in New York to the United Nations...

Taliban, ex-Afghan government dispute ends with no UN speech

Sep. 27, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The dispute between Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and its former government over who should speak at the United Nations' annual meeting of world leaders finally has an answer: no one. The Taliban had challenged the credentials of the...

Israeli PM denounces Iran, ignores Palestinians in UN speech

Sep. 27, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new prime minister appealed to the international community Monday to stand together against Iran, accusing Tehran of marching toward the development of a nuclear weapon and threatening to act alone if the world does not take action. In his...

Small islands caught between tourism economy, climate change

Sep. 27, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Come visit the Maldives, its president entreated the world at this year's United Nations General Assembly, moments before switching to an impassioned plea for help combating climate change. The adjacent appeals illustrated a central dilemma for many small island developing...

Haitians returning to a homeland that's far from welcoming

Sep. 27, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Deported from the United States, Pierre Charles landed a week ago in Port-au-Prince, a capital more dangerous and dystopian than the one he’d left four years before. Unable to reach his family, he left the airport alone, on foot. Charles...

US officials: Biden aide to meet Saudi crown prince on Yemen

Sep. 27, 2021 08:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the U.S. presses for a cease-fire in the yearslong war between the kingdom and Houthi rebels in Yemen. ...

Concerned United Nations can only sidestep Myanmar crisis

Sep. 26, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In his speech last week to open the U.N. General Assembly, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations where "peace and stability remain a distant dream.” He declared unwavering support for the people of...