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US to seek seat on UN human rights body, after Trump pullout

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.'s human rights body, which would cement a U.S. return to a Geneva-based body that ...

UN registers steep rise in murders of Colombian activists

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Slayings of human rights leaders and mass killings of civilians are increasing at a worrying pace in Colombia, according to a United Nations report published on Tuesday. ...

More Myanmar protests follow strike, foreign concerns

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters against the military’s seizure of power in Myanmar were back on the streets of the country’s biggest city on Tuesday, a day after a call for a general strike shuttere...

UN human rights body opens session as Myanmar concerns loom

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body has opened its first and highest-level meeting of 2021, amid growing concerns on issues including the military coup in Myanmar, the arrest of opposition ...

Myanmar: EU threatens sanctions against military junta

The European Union is poised to impose sanctions against the military leaders in Myanmar, according to a joint statement released after EU foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday. The statement c...

Europe applauds Biden's approach, stresses cooperation

BERLIN (AP) — Collective sighs of relief could be heard from many European capitals Saturday after U.S. President Joe Biden made clear in his first major foreign policy address since taking office tha...

What is the EU's stand on the Kashmir conflict?

India recently invited an international group of 24 envoys to Jammu and Kashmir as part of efforts to showcase "normalcy" a year after the region was stripped off its special semi-autonomous...

Nicaragua creates Ministry of Extraterrestrial Space Affairs

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua has created a new National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, which is drawing amused reactions on social media in a ...

Myanmar military ratchets up pressure: tanks deployed, soldiers fire at protesters

Myanmar was bracing for a crackdown on anti-coup protests on Sunday after reports of tanks in the street and troop movements in the country's largest city. The US embassy in Myanmar warned that te...

Tensions high as mass protests in Myanmar enter second week

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Mass street demonstrations in Myanmar entered their second week Saturday with neither protesters nor the military government they seek to unseat showing any signs of backing off...

Myanmar coup: Neighborhood groups block night arrests

Crowds defied curfews in Myanmar during the night into Saturday, following rumors that police were about to launch a fresh wave of raids on anti-coup activists. The civil disobedience began hours aft...

U.N. Security Council, states should consider Myanmar sanctions: rights envoy

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council should consider imposing punitive sanctions, arms embargoes and travel bans on Myanmar because of the military coup there, the U.N. human rights ...

UN rights body trains spotlight on Myanmar following coup

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body opened an urgent session on Friday to discuss a military coup in Myanmar, facing a call for the release of people “arbitrarily detained” — including civi...

Myanmar: UN rights body spotlights human rights violations

The United Nations' top rights body opened an urgent session on the Myanmar military coup on Friday, amid calls for sanctions against the junta. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has no power t...

Countries curb diplomatic ties, weigh sanctions on Myanmar

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A growing number of governments are curbing diplomatic ties with Myanmar and increasing economic pressure on its military over the coup last week that erased the fragile demo...