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Mexico’s president faces challenge over human rights

Nov. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador faced criticism Thursday over the newly appointed head of the country’s human rights agency. López Obrador vowed respect for human rights when he took office nearly a year ago. But he has criticized the National Human...

French company sees some charges quashed over Syria case

Nov. 7, 2019 6:03 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French court on Thursday quashed charges of "complicity in crimes against humanity" pressed against French cement company Lafarge, but says other charges will be considered over payments made to armed forces in Syria. The other charges that the Paris appeal court maintained against the...

Rights groups criticize Tanzania's leader over repression

Oct. 28, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Four years of Tanzanian President John Magufuli's rule have stifled independent journalism and severely restricted the activities of non-governmental organizations, two international human rights groups said Monday. With one year to go before the next elections, repressive laws have...

Nations pledge $9.8B to global climate fund to help the poor

Oct. 25, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rich countries have pledged $9.8 billion to help poor nations tackle climate change, the Green Climate Fund said Friday, as environmental activists slammed the United States for refusing to contribute and other nations for giving too little. Yannick Glemarec, the executive director of the...

French court postpones ruling on cement firm Lafarge case

Oct. 24, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French court has postponed until Nov. 7 a decision on whether to uphold preliminary charges against French cement manufacturer Lafarge, including "complicity in crimes against humanity." The decision comes as the Paris appeal court on Thursday ruled in favor of Lafarge's request that some...

Afghanistan's acting foreign minister resigns post

Oct. 23, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's acting foreign minister, Salahuddin Rabbani, has resigned his post. In a resignation letter to President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday, Rabbani said the Foreign Ministry has been sidelined and is being treated as a non-governmental organization. "It is unbearable," he...

Trump administration pays NGOs who helped migrants

Oct. 11, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Federal officials began Friday to reimburse organizations that fed, sheltered and transported migrants released this year in American towns near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Democratic lawmakers and some organizations receiving the funds. The Federal Emergency Management...

New deadly migrant shipwreck hardens calls to revamp rescues

Oct. 7, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The deaths of at least 13 people early Monday on an overloaded migrant boat that capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa have galvanized calls to shut down smuggler routes and revamp search-and-rescue efforts in the deadly central Mediterranean Sea. The Italian coast guard said one of...

The Latest: Greece expands program to transfer refugees

Oct. 7, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migrants trying to reach Europe (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Authorities in Greece have expanded a program to transfer migrants and refugees from overcrowded camps on the islands to the mainland amid concern that the number of arrivals from nearby Turkey could continue to rise....

The Latest: NGOs give helping hand to Brit expats in Cyprus

Oct. 4, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:05 p.m. British NGOs and volunteer groups are helping some of the approximately 70,000 British expatriates in Cyprus to sort out their residency status once Britain leaves the European Union at the end of the month. Tina Graham with SSAFA, Britain's...