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Fears rise of a second landslide and disease outbreak at site of Papua New Guinea disaster

May. 28, 2024 22:46 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Authorities fear a second landslide and a disease outbreak are looming at the scene of Papua New Guinea’s mass-casualty disaster because of water streams and bodies trapped beneath the tons of debris that swept over a village. Thousands are being told to prepare to...

Israeli strikes kill at least 37 Palestinians, most in tents, near Gaza's Rafah as offensive expands

May. 28, 2024 21:59 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli shelling and airstrikes killed at least 37 people, most of them sheltering in tents, outside the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight and on Tuesday — pummeling the same area where strikes triggered a deadly fire days earlier in a camp for displaced...

Transitional council in Haiti selects new prime minister for a country under siege by gangs

May. 28, 2024 21:52 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.N. development specialist Garry Conille was named Haiti’s new prime minister Tuesday evening, nearly a month after a coalition within a fractured transitional council sought to choose someone else for the position. The long-awaited move comes as...

'We have nothing.' As Israel attacks Rafah, Palestinians are living in tents and searching for food

May. 28, 2024 15:28 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The tent camps stretch more than 16 kilometers (10 miles) along Gaza’s coast, filling the beach and spilling into empty lots, fields and streets. Families dig trenches to use as toilets. Fathers search for food and water. Children dig through garbage and wrecked...

UN human rights experts ask Belarusian authorities to help a political prisoner dying of cancer

May. 28, 2024 12:04 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — U.N. human rights experts have appealed to Belarusian authorities to help a political prisoner who has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer. The experts expressed the “utmost concern” about the denial of medical assistance to Pavel Kuchynski,...

Spain, Ireland and Norway recognize a Palestinian state. Why does that matter?

May. 28, 2024 08:06 AM EDT

Spain, Ireland and Norway formally recognized a Palestinian state on Tuesday, a step toward a long-held Palestinian aspiration that was fueled by international outrage over the civilian deaths and humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s offensive. The joint...

UN report says that education, social safety nets vital for Asia to grow rich, cope with aging

May. 28, 2024 04:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — As economies in Asia and the Pacific slow and grow older, countries need to do more to ensure that workers get the education, training and social safety nets needed to raise incomes and ensure social equity, a United Nations report said Tuesday. The report by the...

At least 2,000 feared dead in Papua New Guinea landslide. These are some challenges rescuers face

May. 27, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Papua New Guinea government said more than 2,000 people are believed to have been buried alive in a landslide in the South Pacific island nation, after the side of a mountain came down in the early hours of Friday morning when the village of Yambali was asleep. ...

Iran further increases its stockpile of uranium enriched to near weapons-grade levels, watchdog says

May. 27, 2024 18:21 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has further increased its stockpile of uranium enriched to near weapons-grade levels, according to a confidential report on Monday by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the latest in Tehran's attempts to steadily exert pressure on the international community. ...

Donor fatigue persists as nations commit around $8.1 billion for conflict-hit Syrians

May. 27, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — International donors meeting in Brussels said Monday they will commit 7.5 billion euros ($8.1 billion) in both grants and loans to support Syrians battered by war, poverty, and hunger for the rest of this year and beyond. The pledges surpassed the modest $4.07...