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UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: Colombia urges backing for Venezuela challenger

UNITED NATIONS—Jan 26, 2019— The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Venezuela’s government has backtracked on an order that gave U.S. Embassy personnel 72 hours to leave the country. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said that it is now negotiating the establishment of a U.S. Interests Office in Venezuela and will … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: Colombia urges backing for Venezuela challenger

United States | Iran’s Firing of Space Launch Vehicle Defies International Community

United States – In continued defiance of the international community and UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the Iranian regime fired off a space launch vehicle today. Such vehicles incorporate technologies that are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles. Today’s launch furthers Iran’s ability to eventually build such … Continue reading United States | Iran’s Firing of Space Launch Vehicle Defies International Community

TEHRAN, Iran | Nuclear chief says Iran exploring new uranium enrichment

TEHRAN, Iran— Jan 13, 2019—The head of Iran’s nuclear program said the Islamic Republic has begun “preliminary activities for designing” a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signaling new danger for the nuclear deal. The comment on state television Sunday from Ali Akbar Salehi increases the pressure on … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Nuclear chief says Iran exploring new uranium enrichment

JERUSALEM | Israel finds last tunnel, ending mission on Lebanese border

JERUSALEM  —Jan 13, 2019— Israeli troops discovered the sixth and final tunnel dug by Hezbollah militants for cross-border attacks, the military announced Sunday, saying it was wrapping up its operation along the Lebanese border. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the final tunnel was the largest one discovered so far, running hundreds of meters … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel finds last tunnel, ending mission on Lebanese border

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s ruling coalition retains power in national assembly

KINSHASA, Congo — Jan 12, 2019—The ruling coalition of Congo’s outgoing President Joseph Kabila has won a large majority of national assembly seats, the electoral commission announced Saturday, while the presidential election runner-up was poised to file a court challenge alleging fraud. The national assembly majority sharply reduces the chances of dramatic reforms under the … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s ruling coalition retains power in national assembly

KINSHASA, Congo | The Latest: French foreign minister doubts on Congo results

KINSHASA, Congo — Jan 10, 2019—The Latest on Congo’s presidential election results. All times local: 11:10 a.m. The advocacy group The Enough Project warns that Felix Tshisekedi’s victory in Congo’s presidential election, as announced by the electoral commission, may be challenged. Sasha Lezhnev, deputy director of Enough Project, which focuses on Africa, said the official … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | The Latest: French foreign minister doubts on Congo results

SANAA, Yemen | Rebel drone bombs Yemen military parade, kills at least 6

SANAA, Yemen— Jan 10, 2019—A bomb-laden drone flown by Yemen’s Houthi rebels flew into a military parade on Thursday outside of the southern port city of Aden, killing at least six troops from a Saudi-led coalition and their allies in a brazen attack threatening U.N.-brokered peace efforts to end the yearslong war tearing at the … Continue reading SANAA, Yemen | Rebel drone bombs Yemen military parade, kills at least 6

JOHANNESBURG | Africa is divided over ivory trade ahead of wildlife meeting

JOHANNESBURG —Jan 06, 2019—Several African countries with some of the largest elephant populations are calling for looser controls on legal ivory trade, while another group of countries on the continent say tighter controls are the best way to curb the illegal killing of elephants for their tusks. The dueling proposals were released by the office … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Africa is divided over ivory trade ahead of wildlife meeting

KINSHASA, Congo | The Latest: Carter urges Congo vote to reflect people’s will

KINSHASA, Congo  — The Latest on Congo’s presidential election (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is urging Congo’s election commission to ensure that presidential election results “reflect the will of the Congolese people” as concerns grow about possible unrest. A Carter Center statement on the eve of the scheduled announcement of … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | The Latest: Carter urges Congo vote to reflect people’s will

KINSHASA, Congo | The Latest: Congo Catholic church warns of election uprising

KINSHASA, Congo — Jan 05, 2019—The Latest on Congo’s presidential election (all times local): 4:35 p.m. The Catholic church in Congo is warning the country’s electoral commission that publishing untrue results of the presidential election could lead to a popular “uprising.” The church’s letter to the electoral commission’s president comes a day before the expected … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | The Latest: Congo Catholic church warns of election uprising

VATICAN CITY | Pope hopes new UN global pact sparks compassion for migrants

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is expressing hope that the new U.N. global pact on safe, orderly migration spurs solidarity toward migrants. He told the faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday that the non-binding accord serves as a reference point for the international community, which he hopes will act with “responsibility, solidarity and compassion … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope hopes new UN global pact sparks compassion for migrants

JERUSALEM | Israel calls for international response to Hezbollah tunnels

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Thursday asked the international community to impose additional sanctions on Hezbollah and condemn the Lebanese militant group in response to the discovery of tunnels stretching from southern Lebanon into northern Israel. Stepping up an international pressure campaign against Hezbollah, Israel also hosted the commander of a U.N. peacekeeping force, … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel calls for international response to Hezbollah tunnels

KIEV, Ukraine | The Latest: UN chief urges calm in Russia-Ukraine dispute

KIEV, Ukraine — The latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 12:10 a.m. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he hopes the international community can help calm tensions between Russia and Ukraine over a ship standoff near Crimea. Guterres urged Russia on Thursday to respect “the territorial integrity of Ukraine” and … Continue reading KIEV, Ukraine | The Latest: UN chief urges calm in Russia-Ukraine dispute

United States | The United States and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Salah Badi

United States – Today, the United States, in coordination with the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee, imposed financial sanctions on Libyan militia leader Salah Badi (Badi). In accordance with the UN listing, which the United States, United Kingdom, and France co-sponsored, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has … Continue reading United States | The United States and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Salah Badi

SEOUL, South Korea | North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic

SEOUL, South Korea — The withdrawal of a major international aid organization threatens to leave tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients in North Korea without the medication they need and could spiral into a severe crisis if it is not addressed soon, according to health experts familiar with the situation in the North. The dwindling … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic

CAIRO | Report details damage to ancient Yemeni archaeological sites

CAIRO  — A prominent Yemeni rights group has documented heavy damage from ground fighting and airstrikes to at least 34 archaeological sites over the past four years and urged the international community to protect Yemenis’ “collective memory.” In a lengthy report titled “The Degradation of History” released Thursday, Yemen’s Mawatana Organization for Human Rights collected … Continue reading CAIRO | Report details damage to ancient Yemeni archaeological sites

MADRID | Djokovic: Exhibition in Saudi Arabia not happening this year

MADRID— Novak Djokovic says an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal in Saudi Arabia has been called off because the Spaniard underwent ankle surgery. The top-ranked Djokovic told BBC Sports on Friday that “the match is not happening this year” because of Nadal’s injury. Djokovic and Nadal had expressed doubt as to whether they would play … Continue reading MADRID | Djokovic: Exhibition in Saudi Arabia not happening this year

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey: Highest level of Saudi govt ordered writer’s slaying

ANKARA, Turkey— The order to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, adding that the international community had the responsibility to “reveal the puppet masters” behind the slaying. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Erdogan said he did not believe … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey: Highest level of Saudi govt ordered writer’s slaying

JERUSALEM | AP Interview: Jerusalem mayor wants UN agency out of city

JERUSALEM— Jerusalem’s outgoing mayor is calling on the international community to consider his proposal to end the local operations of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, saying there is “no such thing” as a refugee in the city. In an interview, Barkat, who is leaving office after elections later this month, said Sunday he was … Continue reading JERUSALEM | AP Interview: Jerusalem mayor wants UN agency out of city

DAKAR, Senegal | Alarm as Red Cross workers attacked in Congo Ebola efforts

DAKAR, Senegal— The international community is sounding new alarm after three Red Cross workers were attacked while trying to contain the latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo. The U.N. Security Council seeks an immediate end to hostilities as it leaves for a Congo visit Thursday. Human Rights Watch urges an investigation into massacres that have … Continue reading DAKAR, Senegal | Alarm as Red Cross workers attacked in Congo Ebola efforts

UNITED NATIONS | Syria at UN: ‘Our battle against terrorism is almost over’

UNITED NATIONS  — North Korea needs more trust in the U.S. and their developing relationship before it will get rid of its nuclear weapons, Pyongyang’s top diplomat said Saturday as an envoy from another of the international community’s biggest worries — Syria — demanded that the U.S., France and Turkey withdraw their troops from his … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Syria at UN: ‘Our battle against terrorism is almost over’

UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: South Sudan urges support for peace effort

UNITED NATIONS — The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Civil war-torn South Sudan is calling on the international community, “including those who are skeptical, to give peace a chance” as the latest agreement to end the conflict moves forward. First Vice President Taban Deng Gai told the U.N. … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: South Sudan urges support for peace effort

UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: Ukrainian leader rails at Russia in UN speech

UNITED NATIONS — The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Ukraine’s president has used his speech to world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly to excoriate Russia and urge the international community to “make them care.” Petro Poroshenko devoted most of his address Wednesday to his country’s powerful neighbor, … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: Ukrainian leader rails at Russia in UN speech

JUBA, South Sudan | Oil-rich South Sudan to resume production in war-hit region

JUBA, South Sudan  — Emboldened by a new peace deal, civil war-torn South Sudan says it will resume oil production in a key region next month to make up for more than $4 billion of revenue lost during years of fighting. South Sudan, with Africa’s third-largest oil reserves, will renew drilling in northern Unity State … Continue reading JUBA, South Sudan | Oil-rich South Sudan to resume production in war-hit region

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia’s new PM vows to continue reforms ‘at any cost’

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — Ethiopia’s prime minister in his first press conference since taking power vowed Saturday to continue with dramatic reforms “at any cost” and said the longtime ruling coalition soon will prepare for a “free and fair election” in 2020. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also said the World Bank “soon” plans to provide … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia’s new PM vows to continue reforms ‘at any cost’

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh | A year later, fractured Rohingya community sees little hope

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh — Forged over generations in villages in Myanmar, Rohingya communities are now held together in calls over crackling phone lines. “Mummy! Mummy!” 15-year-old Abdullah Razzaq shouted to his mother earlier this week in their once-a-week call, nearly a year after he and his brother, along with more than 700,000 other Rohingya Muslims, fled … Continue reading KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh | A year later, fractured Rohingya community sees little hope

NYAL, South Sudan | South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds

NYAL, South Sudan— South Sudan’s government claims a shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but there is considerable skepticism. It wasn’t helped by the sight of President Salva Kiir refusing to shake the hand of rival and rebel leader Riek Machar after they signed a power-sharing deal this month. The idea that the two … Continue reading NYAL, South Sudan | South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds

Saudi Arabia says it’s given $100 million to northeast Syria

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  — Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for “stabilization projects” in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces. The Saudi Embassy in Washington said the money “will save lives, help facilitate the return of displaced … Continue reading Saudi Arabia says it’s given $100 million to northeast Syria

VATICAN CITY | Pope presses for talks on Yemen amid humanitarian crisis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is pressing for negotiations involving the sides in the Yemen conflict so the humanitarian crisis doesn’t worsen. In public remarks Sunday, Francis said he was following “with worry the dramatic fate of the people of Yemen, already so exhausted from years of conflict.” He appealed to the international community … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope presses for talks on Yemen amid humanitarian crisis