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Ukraine language law debate spills into UN Security Council

Jul. 16, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A clash over a new Ukrainian language law played out Tuesday in the U.N. Security Council, where Ukrainian and Russian representatives sparred over whether the legislation promotes Ukrainian unity or jeopardizes the interests of the country's Russian-speaking population. The...

Officials: Migrants return to bombed Libya detention center

Jul. 16, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Libyan detention center where an airstrike killed more than 50 people two weeks ago is filling with migrants again, and work has resumed at a nearby weapons workshop, despite calls from the United Nations to empty the compound and others like it near the front-lines of the country's civil...

UN health agency calls emergency meeting on Ebola outbreak

Jul. 16, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization is convening a meeting of experts on Wednesday to decide whether the Ebola outbreak should be declared an international emergency after spreading to eastern Congo's biggest city this week. This is the fourth time WHO has convened the group to assess...

Czech stud farm makes UNESCO's World Heritage list

Jul. 16, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

KLADRUBY NAD LABEM, Czech Republic (AP) — A Czech stud farm founded 440 years ago to breed and train ceremonial horses to serve at the Habsburg emperor's court has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, acknowledging the significance of a tradition that has survived for centuries. The National stud...

Duterte 'seriously considering' cutting ties with Iceland

Jul. 16, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. Presidential spokesman...

UN refugee agency 'deeply concerned' about US asylum curbs

Jul. 16, 2019 2:40 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it's "deeply concerned" about new U.S. restrictions on asylum, saying it will put vulnerable families at risk. UNHCR comments late Monday came after the Trump administration said it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico...

Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city

Jul. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — After feeling sick for several days the pastor boarded a bus to eastern Congo's largest city. Only upon arrival at his destination did anyone suspect he had the highly deadly and infectious Ebola virus. During his trip to Goma, the 46-year-old preacher managed to pass through three...

The Latest: US, EU promise support to tackle Ebola

Jul. 15, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Ebola (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The top U.S. diplomat in Geneva says the United States will "provide more in the coming months" to help respond to the Ebola outbreak, while the European Union ambassador says the bloc will examine possibilities to scale up its response....

EU gives counterterror support package to Sri Lanka

Jul. 15, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union said Monday that it has agreed to provide an 8.5 million euro ($9.6 million) package to help Sri Lanka battle terrorism following Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people. It said EU officials held talks on Monday with Sri Lanka's acting...

19 hurt by falling tree branch at Azerbaijan UNESCO site

Jul. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan's emergency service says 19 tourists visiting one of UNESCO's newest World Heritage sites have been injured after strong winds knocked down a massive branch from a nearly 500-year-old Oriental Plane tree. It says the accident took place Sunday at the Khan's Palace in the...