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'The world must wake up': Tasks daunting as UN meeting opens

Sep. 21, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In person and on screen, world leaders returned to the United Nations' foremost gathering for the first time in the pandemic era on Tuesday with a formidable, diplomacy-packed agenda and a sharply worded warning from the international organization's leader: “We face the...

Toxic gas, new rivers of molten lava endanger Spanish island

Sep. 21, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

EL PASO, Canary Islands (AP) — As a new volcanic vent blew open and unstoppable rivers of molten rock flowed toward the sea, authorities on a Spanish island warned Tuesday that more dangers lie ahead for residents, including earthquakes, lava flows, toxic gases, volcanic ash and acid rain. ...

Sudanese officials say coup attempt failed, army in control

Sep. 21, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

Sudanese authorities reported a coup attempt Tuesday by a group of soldiers but said the attempt failed and the country's ruling council and military remain in control. The development underscored the fragility of Sudan’s path to democracy, more than two years after...

Libya lawmakers pass no confidence vote for transition govt

Sep. 21, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan lawmakers on Tuesday passed a vote of no confidence in the country’s transitional government, an official said, a move that throws long-waited elections late this year into further uncertainty. The vote took place in the parliament’s...

Military general who ruled Egypt after Mubarak ouster dies

Sep. 21, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hussein Tantawi, the Egyptian general who took charge of the country when longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down amid the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, died on Tuesday, Egypt’s presidency said. He was 85. Field Marshal Tantawi, Mubarak’s...

Grenade attacks in Burundi kill 2, wound scores

Sep. 21, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s government said Tuesday that two people had been killed and 102 others wounded in grenade attacks in the commercial capital, Bujumbura. No one has claimed responsibility, and it was not clear who was behind the attacks on Monday that...

Spain's new volcano attracts visitors, destroys banana crops

Sep. 21, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Traffic jams pack the winding narrow roads of La Palma at dusk as curious residents and visitors flock to snap photos as the Spanish island's new volcano furiously ejects material into the air and glowing lava swallows villas, crops and warehouses on its downhill...

Global Citizen's Hugh Evans hoping music can mobilize world

Sep. 21, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

Hugh Evans started his fight against extreme poverty by mobilizing his friends when he was growing up in Australia. On Saturday, Evans will try to mobilize the world to tackle poverty and COVID-19 with Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour live concert featuring The Weekend,...

Ex-South African president absent at corruption trial

Sep. 21, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma did not attend a hearing in his corruption trial Tuesday, prompting prosecutors to question his absence and ask the judge to examine his medical records. Zuma was released from an unrelated 15-month jail...

Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in transitional government, throwing planned elections into question

Sep. 21, 2021 09:18 AM EDT
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan parliament passes vote of no confidence in transitional government, throwing planned elections into question.