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People carry a giant Libyan flag at the Martyr square during a march commemorating the anniversary of anti-Gadhafi protests in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

UN envoy says Libya truce nearly broke down amid fighting

Feb. 28, 2020 12:06 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya on Friday denounced the near breakdown of a fragile truce between the country’s warring sides, citing a “serious violation” over the last 24 hours — attacks on the capital including an early morning shelling of Tripoli’s airport. ...

FILE - In this Friday, July 26, 2019 file photo, China's Sun Yang waves following the men's 4x200m freestyle relay heats at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Ahead of a verdict pending within days in the doping case of three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang, a Swiss supreme court document on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 shows swimming’s governing body wanted to stop the World Anti-Doping Agency’s appeal. World swim body FINA supported arguments by Sun’s lawyers who asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out WADA’s case early last year in a pre-trial dispute over an alleged conflict of interest for the agency’s American lead prosecutor, Richard Young. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, file)

Olympic champion Sun Yang banned for 8 years in doping case

Feb. 28, 2020 11:22 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — When the hammer came down on a container holding a vial of Sun Yang's blood, it ultimately shattered the career of China's greatest swimmer. The three-time Olympic champion was banned for eight years on Friday, likely ending the 28-year-old Sun's racing days before he could defend his...

Workers dismantle a booth after that the 90th Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) is cancelled by Swiss authorities, at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The 90th edition of the International Motor Show, scheduled to begin on March 5th, is cancelled due to the advancement of the (Covid-19) coronavirus in Switzerland. The Swiss confederation announced today that all events involving more than 1,000 people would be banned until 15 March. (KEYSTONE/Salvatore di Nolfi)

Geneva auto show canceled as Swiss ban big events over virus

Feb. 28, 2020 10:49 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The Geneva auto show was canceled after the Swiss government put an immediate ban Friday on all public and private events involving more than 1,000 people in order to halt the spread of the new coronavirus. The ban on big events will last until at least March 15, one of the latest major steps...

Cars are pictured as workers stop the preparation of the 90th Geneva International Motor Show, GIMS, at Palexpo, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The 90th edition of the International Motor Show, scheduled to begin on March 5th, is cancelled due to the advancement of the (Covid-19) coronavirus in Switzerland. The Swiss confederation announced today that all events involving more than 1,000 people would be banned until 15 March. (Salvatore di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Markets slide, auto show canceled as virus impact spreads

Feb. 28, 2020 9:28 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Stock markets are heading for their worst week since 2008, Europe's top auto show has been canceled and companies keep lowering their earnings estimates. Here's a look at the latest developments: MARKETS: Share indexes are down sharply again, with losses of over 3% in Japan and Germany. Wall...

Geneva auto show organizers confirm event will be canceled due to virus concerns

Feb. 28, 2020 5:58 AM EST
GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — Geneva auto show organizers confirm event will be canceled due to virus concerns.

Swiss government bans all events involving more than 1,000 people amid virus outbreak

Feb. 28, 2020 4:23 AM EST
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss government bans all events involving more than 1,000 people amid virus outbreak.

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules

Feb. 28, 2020 4:03 AM EST
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules.

Libya officials: 21 civilians killed in Tripoli since Jan. 9

Feb. 27, 2020 9:59 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government says 21 civilians have been killed, including at least 13 children, since Jan. 9 casting doubt on a fragile cease-fire the Tripoli-based government and rival factions in the east agreed last month to observe. The Field Medicine and Support Center, a rescue group...

FILE- In this Dec. 9, 2019 file photo, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks at the COP25 Climate summit in Madrid, Spain. The United Nations' human rights chief expressed regret Thursday over the Sri Lankan government's decision to withdraw its co-sponsorship of a 2015 resolution backing an investigation of alleged serious human rights violations during the country's civil war. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas, File)

UN rights chief regrets Sri Lanka withdrawal from resolution

Feb. 27, 2020 8:44 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief expressed regret Thursday over the Sri Lankan government's decision to withdraw its co-sponsorship of a 2015 resolution backing an investigation into alleged human rights violations during the country's civil war. Michelle Bachelet told the...

FILE - In this May 21, 2019 file photo, Tripoli government forces clash with forces led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, south of the capital Tripoli, Libya. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. The Libyan sources told The Associated Press that Turkey has airlifted more than 2,500 foreign fighters into Tripoli, and that “dozens” are extremist-affiliated. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed, File)

UN: Rival Libyan politicians meet for peace talks in Geneva

Feb. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan politicians met on Wednesday for U.N.-sponsored political talks in Geneva aimed at ending the latest round of fighting over the country's capital, Tripoli. Yet just hours later, the High Council of State, an advisory body to the western Tripoli-based government, sent a letter to...