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AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses ‘enormous’ risks

By KATHY GANNON | February 18, 2020

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.”Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Antonio...

Rohingya boat capsizes in Bay of Bengal; at least 15 dead

February 11, 2020

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An overcrowded boat carrying about 138 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps sank Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal, leaving at least 15 confirmed dead, mostly women, Bangladeshi officials said.The coast guard, navy divers and...

US speeds cases of translators, others blocked by travel ban

By GENE JOHNSON | February 10, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has agreed to speed up the cases of some former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq and hundreds of other refugees whose efforts to move to the United States have been in limbo since he announced...

International court gathering evidence in Rohingya case

By JULHAS ALAM | February 5, 2020

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Investigators from the International Criminal Court have begun collecting evidence for a case involving alleged crimes against humanity by Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims causing them to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, a court...

China’s Israel envoy compares virus travel bans to Holocaust

February 2, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — China's acting ambassador to Israel apologized on Sunday after comparing the closure of several national borders to Chinese citizens amid fears of a new virus from China to the turning away of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.Dai...

Rights groups to Italy: Don’t renew migrant deal with Libya

January 31, 2020

ROME (AP) — Human rights advocates and aid groups slammed Italy on Friday for deciding to extend a deal that facilitates the return of Europe-bound migrants to detention centers in Libya where detainees are at risk for getting raped and tortured.Amnesty...

Rights group criticizes Greek sea barrier plan for migrants

By ELENA BECATOROS | January 30, 2020

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Amnesty International on Thursday criticized Greece's plans to deploy a floating barrier as a way to prevent migrants from reaching the Greek islands from nearby Turkey.The international rights group’s research director for Europe,...

Amnesty Int’l: Asia seeing growing repression, resistance

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | January 30, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Authoritarian governments in Asia are undermining human rights and demonizing their critics, but they face a rising tide of protest from young people who defy grave risks to protest such repression, Amnesty International said in its annual...

Greece plans floating border barrier to stop migrants

By DEREK GATOPOULOS | January 29, 2020

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The government in Greece wants to use a floating barrier to help stop migrants from reaching the Greek islands from the nearby coast of Turkey.The Defense Ministry has invited private contractors to bid on supplying a 2.7-kilometer-long...

Key points in Trump’s Mideast peace plan

By JOSEPH KRAUSS | January 28, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Mideast peace plan announced by President Donald Trump on Tuesday supports the Israeli position on nearly all of the most contentious issues in the decades-old conflict.Where previous presidents tried to cajole Israel and the Palestinians...

Greece: 14 injured in suspected migrant smuggling car crash

January 27, 2020

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A car carrying Syrians crashed early Monday in northern Greece, police said, injuring all 14 people in the vehicle that is believed to have crossed the border clandestinely .Police said the car had been travelling along an...

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