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Taliban warn women can't take entry exams at universities

Jan. 28, 2023 11:56 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday doubled down on their ban on women's education, reinforcing in a message to private universities that Afghan women are barred from taking university entry exams, according to a spokesman. The note comes despite weeks of condemnation and...

Mali defends Russian ties and opposes options for UN force

Jan. 28, 2023 01:39 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Mali’s foreign minister defended the military government’s cooperation with Russia on Friday and rejected three options proposed by the U.N. chief to reconfigure the U.N. peacekeeping force in the west African country where Al-Qaida and Islamic State extremist groups are...

UN: Parts of internet becoming `toxic waste dumps' for hate

Jan. 27, 2023 16:50 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief warned on the day to remember victims of the Holocaust that “many parts of the internet are becoming toxic waste dumps for hate and vicious lies,” and urgently appealed for guardrails against hate speech. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...

UN food agency: Afghan malnutrition rates at record high

Jan. 27, 2023 11:58 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Malnutrition rates in Afghanistan are at record highs with half the country enduring severe hunger throughout the year, a spokesman for the World Food Program said Thursday. The Taliban takeover in August 2021 drove millions into poverty and hunger after...

Storm Cheneso picks up in Madagascar, more flooding to come

Jan. 27, 2023 07:17 AM EST

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A severe tropical storm which devastated parts of Madagascar this week is set to continue to wreak havoc on the country as it strengthens over the weekend, the United Nations regional weather monitoring service said. The storm has killed 8 people and ten are...

Myanmar opium cultivation surged 33% amid violence, UN finds

Jan. 26, 2023 20:17 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The production of opium in Myanmar has flourished since the military's seizure of power, with the cultivation of poppies up by a third in the past year as eradication efforts have dropped off and the faltering economy has led more people toward the drug trade, according to a United...

UN chief: Exhibit of Nazi victims is call to fight cruelty

Jan. 26, 2023 18:53 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday the Nazis tried to rob millions of Jews of their names before killing them during World War II — but at the inauguration of a U.N. installation with the names of 4.8 million Holocaust victims he said they failed and all...

Haitian police rebels protest is paralyzing Port-au-Prince

Jan. 26, 2023 17:14 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Outraged rebel police officers paralyzed Port-au-Prince on Thursday, roaring through the streets on motorcycles in protest of a slew of killings of police officers by Haitian gangs. More than a hundred protesters blocked roads, shot guns into the air,...

Fighting intensifies in eastern Congo, displacing hundreds

Jan. 26, 2023 17:11 PM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Fighting intensified around a town in eastern Congo Thursday as a rebel group seeking to expand the territory it controls increased pressure on government troops defending it, forcing hundreds of civilians to flee their homes. By evening it was unclear who...

Man sentenced to death in Mali for UN peacekeeper killings

Jan. 26, 2023 16:39 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Mali court sentenced a man to death for the killings of three United Nations peacekeepers almost four years ago, the U.N. mission in Mali said Thursday. The court in Bamako imposed the death sentence for a February 2019 attack on five peacekeepers, three of...