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Federer, McEnroe push for Laver Cup's place in team tennis

Sep. 19, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Team events are having quite the resurgence on the men's tennis circuit, with three different competitions scheduled in the next four months. What's still unclear, though, is whether they can all co-exist in the long term. "Something's got to shake out," John McEnroe acknowledged Thursday,...

Bachelet denied campaign took money from Brazil OAS company

Sep. 17, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet is denying accusations by a former businessman ensnared in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal that her 2013 presidential campaign in Chile illegally took money from the Brazilian company OAS. Bachelet told Chile's 24 Horas TV channel...

US envoy rejects claim of 'war crime' by key UN Syria panel

Sep. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States' top envoy for Syria rejected Thursday findings by U.N.-backed investigators that deadly airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition early this year may amount to a war crime. Ambassador James Jeffrey said the coalition takes "extreme care in every military operation we do." His...

Swiss say Facebook's digital currency plan will face hurdles

Sep. 11, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Facebook and its partners have asked financial authorities in Switzerland to evaluate their plan to create a new digital currency to be called Libra. Facebook unveiled a proposal in June to create a digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use. The company said it would set up a...

Pakistan: Risk of 'accidental war' with India over Kashmir

Sep. 10, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister warned Tuesday that India's "illegal occupation" of Muslim-majority Kashmir could drive the nuclear-armed countries "into an accidental war." Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi accused India at a session of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council of...

Report: Schumacher treated in secrecy in Paris hospital

Sep. 10, 2019 4:57 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has been admitted to a Paris hospital to be treated Tuesday with cutting-edge stem-cell therapy, according to a French newspaper. The Paris hospitals authority, citing France's strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on the...

UN human rights chief cites continued abuses in Venezuela

Sep. 9, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' chief human rights official said Monday that millions of Venezuelans continue to suffer rights violations, including dozens of possible extrajudicial killings carried out by a special police force. Non-governmental organizations report that the Special Action...

China braces for 'uninvited rhetoric' at top UN rights body

Sep. 6, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A Chinese ambassador said Friday his country is ready for any "undesirable or uninvited rhetoric" on issues like Hong Kong unrest or government detention centers in the Xinjiang region as the U.N.'s top human rights body meets for three weeks starting Monday. Chen Xu, China's envoy to U.N....

US, allied Kurdish force conduct patrol on Syrian border

Sep. 4, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. troops and an allied Syrian militia conducted a joint patrol Wednesday in a town on the border with Turkey, a Kurdish news agency and a Syria war monitor reported. The move appeared to be part of an agreement to set up a safe zone along Syria's northeast border. Turkey sees the Syrian...

Rights experts flag violations of rape, sex abuse in Yemen

Sep. 3, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Experts backed by the U.N.'s top human rights body on Tuesday flagged allegations of rape, sexual assault and gender-based violence committed by all sides in Yemen's civil war, now in its fifth year. The offenses also include those by militias backed by the United Arab Emirates. The...