GENEVA | UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

GENEVA— The head of the U.N. agency focusing on AIDS says he’ll leave his post in June, an early departure announced a week after independent experts looking into sexual harassment at UNAIDS blasted its “defective leadership.” Executive director Michel Sidibe made the announcement during a UNAIDS board meeting Thursday in Geneva, said agency spokesman Mahesh … Continue reading GENEVA | UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report

MOSCOW | Russian parliament to run competition for best rap song

MOSCOW— The Russian parliament on Thursday announced a rap song competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts. A dozen rappers have had their shows cancelled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the wrong values. At least three musicians have been detained. In a … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian parliament to run competition for best rap song

BERLIN | German Nazi guard trial breaks down over defendant’s health

BERLIN — The trial of a former Nazi concentration camp guard has broken down over questions about the 95-year-old defendant’s health. The Muenster state court heard Thursday that Johann Rehbogen has been hospitalized for heart and kidney issues, the dpa news agency reported. Rehbogen was initially deemed fit for the proceedings and seemed in good … Continue reading BERLIN | German Nazi guard trial breaks down over defendant’s health

JERUSALEM | The Latest: Palestinian president condemns West Bank attack

JERUSALEM — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the latest round of violence in the West Bank, criticizing both militant attacks and the tough Israeli response. Abbas’ office issued a statement on Thursday, shortly after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israelis near a West … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: Palestinian president condemns West Bank attack

LONDON | The Latest: UK PM May says she will leave by 2022 election

LONDON— The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:40 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that she will step down before the country holds its next scheduled national election in 2022. Arriving at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, May said “I think it is right that another party leader takes us … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: UK PM May says she will leave by 2022 election