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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, Ghassan Salame, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, speaks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.N. mission in Libya said Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, that the country’s warring sides have agreed to turn a shaky cease-fire into a lasting deal. That's stirring modest hopes after weeks of sporadic violence derailed negotiations. The latest round of U.N.-mediated talks wrapped up Monday in Geneva. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)

UN: Libya's warring sides agree to cement cease-fire deal

Feb. 24, 2020 8:41 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. mission in Libya said Monday that the country’s warring sides had agreed to turn a shaky cease-fire into a formal deal, stirring modest hopes after weeks of sporadic violence that derailed negotiations. As the latest round of U.N.-mediated talks between rival military leaders...

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses his statement, during the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN chief issues 7-point 'call to action' on human rights

Feb. 24, 2020 4:20 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the United Nations issued a “call to action” on Monday to countries, businesses and all people to help renew and revive human rights across the globe, laying out a seven-point plan amid concerns about climate change, conflict and repression. U.N. Secretary-General...

Sri Lanka briefs UN rights official on resolution pullout

Feb. 22, 2020 9:58 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan diplomat has briefed the president of the U.N. Human Rights Council on the government's decision to withdraw from a 2015 resolution calling for an investigation into alleged human rights violations committed during the country's long civil war. Foreign Ministry...

Libya's warring parties resume talks in Geneva

Feb. 20, 2020 3:22 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Libya's warring parties have returned to negotiations aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country after they had suspended talks earlier this week, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday. United Nations spokesman Rheal Leblanc said the two sides have resumed meetings in...

Deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Argentina, from left, Claudia Labeguerie, Ezequiel Villalongo and Daniel Oscar Sgardelis, take part in a news conference at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. On Wednesday, they had a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican _ and Pope Francis himself _ to come clean about the crimes committed against them. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Abuse victims look to Vatican after UN meetings in Geneva

Feb. 19, 2020 4:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Three deaf victims of sexual abuse by priests in Argentina wrapped up a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva on Wednesday, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican — and Pope Francis himself — to come clean about the crimes committed against...

Erdogan criticizes EU move to enforce Libyan arms embargo

Feb. 19, 2020 4:37 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president criticized on Wednesday the European Union’s decision to launch a maritime effort focused on enforcing the U.N. arms embargo around Libya, accusing European nations that agreed to the operation of “interfering in the region.” Recep Tayyip...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter arrives at the Foreign Ministry to meet the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

UN-backed government in Libya suspends talks after attack

Feb. 18, 2020 5:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.-supported government in Libya said Tuesday it has suspended its participation in talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country following an attack on Tripoli's strategic port. The country’s warring sides had resumed their U.N.-brokered...

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

Feb. 18, 2020 5:23 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Talks between Russia and Turkey meant to reduce tensions in northwestern Syria did not yield a “satisfactory result” for Ankara, but both sides agreed to continue negotiations, a spokesman for Turkey's president said Tuesday. Turkey and Russia support rival groups in the...

FILE - In this July 3, 2019 file photo, debris covers the ground and an emergency vehicle after an airstrike at a detention center in Tajoura, east of Tripoli in Libya. The United Nations revealed on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 new details about an airstrike that smashed into a migrant detention center in Libya, killing at least 50 people. The July attack, which ranked among the deadliest assaults on civilians since the start of Libya’s civil war, sparked international condemnation and accusations of war crimes.  (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed, File)

UN: Impact of long Libya war on civilians is `incalculable'

Feb. 17, 2020 8:40 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N humanitarian coordinator for Libya said Monday the impact of the country’s nine-year war on civilians “is incalculable,” pointing to its intensity escalating “exponentially” since a rebel commander launched an offensive last April, casualties...

From left: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrive for a meeting about Libya alongside the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Powers renew pledge to uphold Libya arms embargo

Feb. 16, 2020 7:37 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Countries with interests in Libya's civil war recommitted themselves Sunday to uphold a barely working arms embargo, four weeks after a peace summit in Berlin was followed by numerous new arms violations, officials from Germany and the U.N. said. Germany and the U.N., which co-hosted the Jan....