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US: Russia, Iran moving toward full defense ‘partnership’

Dec. 09, 2022 18:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is accusing Russia of moving to provide advanced military assistance to Iran, including air defense systems, helicopters and fighter jets, part of deepening cooperation between the two nations as Tehran provides drones to support Vladimir Putin's...

Helping Ukraine is 'self-preservation,' finance chief says

Dec. 09, 2022 13:19 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ukraine's finance minister says crucial Western financial support is “not charity” but “self-preservation” in the fight to defend democracy as his country deals with growing costs to repair electrical and heating infrastructure wrecked by Russian attacks. ...

UN rights chief: Protect 'civic space' for climate activists

Dec. 09, 2022 10:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The top United Nations human rights official said Friday that it's important to protect the “civic space” for young environmental activists to highlight the urgency of tackling climate change. Volker Türk, who heads the U.N.'s human rights office, said that while...

UN rights chief to follow up on abuse concerns about China

Dec. 09, 2022 06:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The top United Nations human rights official said Friday that his office will continue reaching out to Beijing about allegations of abuse in China. The office of former U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet published a report in August stating that China’s...

UN aid chief: Gangs control about 60% of Haiti's capital

Dec. 08, 2022 21:11 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Close to 60% of Haiti’s capital is dominated by gangs whose violence and sexual attacks have caused thousands to flee their homes, the U.N. humanitarian chief in the Caribbean nation said Thursday. Ulrika Richardson said that has left nearly 20,000 people in...

Officials talk biodiversity as drought stunts Kenya wildlife

Dec. 07, 2022 23:03 PM EST

ARCHERS POST, Kenya (AP) — In Kenya's sweltering northern Samburu county, a destructive drought exacerbated by climate change is wreaking havoc on people and wildlife. After four consecutive years of failed rains causing some of the worst conditions in 40 years, wild animals have...

UN body accredits 9 rights, minority groups after US push

Dec. 07, 2022 19:04 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After years of delay, the U.N. body overseeing economic development and social issues voted Wednesday to give nine human rights and minority groups the right to raise concerns and participate in its discussions, overriding objections from Russia, China, India, Arab nations...

Extinctions, shrinking habitat spur 'rewilding' in cities

Dec. 07, 2022 10:45 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — In a bustling metro area of 4.3 million people, Yale University wildlife biologist Nyeema Harris ventures into isolated thickets to study Detroit's most elusive residents — coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks among them. Harris and colleagues have placed trail...

Donors race to get generators, other aid to hard-hit Ukraine

Dec. 07, 2022 07:03 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — When Russian forces launched a military campaign against infrastructure in Ukraine nearly two months ago, they opened a front that carried the war along power lines, water mains and heating systems to homes, schools, offices and churches. The government in...

UN summit: Don't repeat mistakes on nature, scientists warn

Dec. 07, 2022 05:31 AM EST

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Scientists around the world are warning governments who will be gathering in Montreal this week for the United Nations biodiversity summit to not repeat past mistakes and are urging officials to “avoid trade-offs” between people and conservation needs in a report Monday....