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Debate over Myanmar upends start to UN rights body session

Jun. 21, 2021 06:09 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body opened its latest session on Monday and was immediately embroiled in a debate over the representation of Myanmar, where a military takeover toppled the civilian government in February. Western countries said that two...

World markets mixed on jitters over future Fed action

Jun. 21, 2021 05:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World markets were mixed Monday after a sell-off Friday on Wall Street gave the S&P 500 its worst weekly loss since February. Japan’s benchmark fell 3.3% but shares rose in London and Frankfurt. U.S. futures were higher. ...

The Latest: Policy switch aims to boost India's vaccinations

Jun. 21, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — Every adult in India is now eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government. The changed role for the federal government starting Monday ends a complex system of buying and distributing vaccines that overburdened states and created inequities...

Pope on Myanmar: Houses of worship serve as neutral refuge

Jun. 20, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried the suffering of refugees in Myanmar and pleaded that houses of worship be respected as neutral places to take shelter. He told the public gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his customary Sunday noon remarks that he...

Vietnamese community emerges among Alabama’s most vaccinated

Jun. 20, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (AP) — At the boat dock in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, shrimp boat Captain Truc Le unties a thick mooring line attached to his blue and white vessel with the name “Lucky Kim” painted on the side. Le and his wife and son are at the dock to restock...

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...

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...

Blasts in Myanmar's biggest city kill 2, destroy army truck

Jun. 18, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — At least two explosions on Friday rocked a neighborhood in Myanmar’s biggest city, killing two people, destroying a military truck and damaging a taxi in what appeared to be a serious escalation of violence between the country’s military rulers and their pro-democracy...

Australian spy avoids jail in East Timor espionage scandal

Jun. 18, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian spy was released from court on Friday with a three-month suspended prison sentence over his attempt to help East Timor prove that Australia spied on the fledgling nation during multibillion-dollar oil and gas negotiations. ...

Myanmar extends detention of US journalist Danny Fenster

Jun. 18, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar extended the detention of American journalist Danny Fenster for another two weeks Thursday, while the U.S. State Department urged that it be granted consular access to him. Online news and business magazine Frontier Myanmar, where...