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UN group says Sri Lanka virus cremation rule violates rights

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A group of U.N experts has criticized Sri Lanka's requirement that those who die of COVID-19 be cremated, even it goes against a family's religious beliefs, and warned that d...

Asian shares retreat after bumpy day on Wall Street

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell in Asia on Tuesday on renewed worries that troubles with COVID vaccine rollouts and the spread of new variants of coronavirus might delay a recovery from the pandemic. ...

Lawmakers say North Korean diplomat defected to South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to South Korea, according to South Korean lawmakers who were briefed by Seoul’s s...

UN chief urges global alliance to counter rise of neo-Nazis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged coordinated global action on Monday to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism and white supremacy and the resurgen...

UN forecasts 4.7% global economic growth in 2021

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations warned Monday that the world economy is “on a cliffhanger,” still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic whose impact will be felt for years but still expected to ...

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___ White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief WASHINGTON (AP) — Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate R...

UN chief: World faces 'existential threats,' fragilities

NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned global leaders Monday that the world is not only facing a COVID-19 emergency and the worst economic crisis in nearly a century, but also ...

One county, worlds apart: Bridging the political divide

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — She fired up her laptop to scour the internet for bits from right-wing websites and conspiratorial YouTube channels. The inauguration of Joe Biden was just day...

UN: Yemen’s warring sides resume talks on prisoner exchange

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s warring sides Sunday resumed United Nations-backed negotiations over a prisoner swap, the world body said, more than three months after they completed the war’s largest exchange. ...

Screenwriter Walter Bernstein dies at 101

NEW YORK (AP) — Screenwriter Walter Bernstein, among the last survivors of Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist whose Oscar-nominated script for “The Front” drew upon his years of being unable to work...

UN: Violence in Sudan’s Darfur killed 250, displaced 100,000

CAIRO (AP) — Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 250 people and displaced more than 100,000 people since erupting earlier this month, the U.N. refugee agency said. ...

Opposition leader urges UN to halt Belarus media crackdown

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The main opposition challenger in Belarus’ disputed presidential election urged the United Nations on Friday to call for a halt to “violence and lawlessness” in the country, incl...

UN agency: Libyan navy intercepts over 80 EU-bound migrants

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s coast guard intercepted on Friday more than 80 Europe-bound migrants in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the North African country, the U.N. migration agency said. ...

UN warns of 'serious' rape charges in Ethiopia's Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict says “serious allegations of sexual violence” have emerged in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, while women and g...

Bills' Diggs among NFL elite receiving company this weekend

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — With his name plastered on election campaign-style lawns signs — “Allen-Diggs 2020” — popping up across Buffalo, receiver Stefon Diggs requires no further introduction. ...