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UN Council rejects Russia bid to limit Syrian aid deliveries

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 2:25pm

A Russian resolution that would have limited the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria's mainly rebel-held northwest to one crossing point from Turkey was defeated in the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday.

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 12:52pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that foreign interference in Libya’s war has reached “unprecedented levels” and urged key players and their backers to unblock the political stalemate and agree to a cease-fire and peace talks.

26 women accuse Paris street artist of rape, sexual assault

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 10:30am

Paris police are investigating accusations by 26 women that a street artist in the historic Montmartre neighborhood raped or sexually assaulted them, in what their lawyers describe as a systematic, years-long pattern of targeting and manipulating teen girls and young women.

Rights group says 180 dead found in Burkina Faso mass graves

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 9:12am

At least 180 bodies were found in mass graves in northern Burkina Faso with evidence suggesting the government army was involved in large-scale executions turning the area into a “killing field,” Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

Crane collapses in east London, killing 1, injuring 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 8:49am

A 20-meter (65-foot) crane collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London, killing one person and injuring four others, authorities said Wednesday.

Doggy deliveries help Colombians shop during pandemic

Luis Benavides and Manuel Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 8:01am

Eight-year-old Eros trots through the streets of this hilly city several times a day with a straw basket in his jaws, taking vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers of the El Porvenir mini-market. The chocolate Labrador retriever is paid with treats and massages of his furry head.

Turkey: Rescuers find wreck of missing migrant boat in lake

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 7:35am

Turkish search-and-rescue teams on Wednesday located the wreck of a boat that was reported missing in a lake in eastern Turkey with up to 60 migrants on board, officials said.

Lebanese man who financed Hezbollah in US returns home

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 4:30am

A Lebanese businessman serving a five-year sentence in the United States for providing millions of dollars to the militant Hezbollah group arrived Wednesday in Beirut after his early release, local media reported.

China defends WHO, lashes out at US move to withdraw

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 4:00am

China on Wednesday defended the World Health Organization and lashed out at the U.S. decision to withdraw from the U.N. body.

Ethiopia's week of unrest sees 239 dead, 3,500 arrested

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:49am

At least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister.

Mourners attend funeral mass for retired pope's brother

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:47am

A memorial mass was held Wednesday in Germany for the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

UK report: Medical treatments caused many 'avoidable harm'

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:28am

Hundreds of women and their babies suffered “avoidable harm" because Britain's healthcare system ignored serious concerns raised about some medical treatments, a scathing review into three National Health Service scandals found Wednesday.

Power tussle in Nepal ruling party as China influence grows

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:13am

Nepal’s prime minister could be forced out of office within weeks amid an internal tussle for power within his governing party following his sharp rhetoric on neighboring India and as Chinese influence grows in the country.

WHO says Sri Lanka and Maldives eliminate measles, rubella

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:12am

Sri Lanka and Maldives have become the first two countries in the World Health Organization's South-East Asia region to eliminate both measles and rubella ahead of a 2023 target, the U.N. health agency announced Wednesday.

Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases surge above a half-million

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 2:18am

Africa now has more than a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases, while South Africa's health minister declared Wednesday that “we have now reached the surge.”

Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases now above a half-million as South Africa becomes a global hot spot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 2:13am

Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases now above a half-million as South Africa becomes a global hot spot.

Rare gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 1:05am

Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria's Mbe mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts.

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

Christopher Weber and Sophia Tulp, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 12:40am

For two weeks, Rachael Jones has stayed home, going without a paycheck while waiting and waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test from a pharmacy near Philadelphia.

UN states reach deal on declaration marking 75th anniversary

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:12pm

The 193 members of the United Nations reached agreement on a declaration to commemorate this year’s 75th anniversary of the world organization, recalling the U.N.’s successes and failure and vowing to build a post-pandemic world that is more equal, works together, and protects the planet.