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April 30, 2015 - 11:27am
4 days 2 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.S.-organized event on North Korea's human rights has briefly turned into chaos as North Korean diplomats insisted on reading a statement, amid shouts from defectors, and then stormed out of a United Nations chamber.

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, tried to quiet the North Korean diplomats at Thursday's event that features more than 20 defectors.

The North Korean diplomats did not comment as they left the...

April 30, 2015 - 11:08am
4 days 8 hours ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A key U.N. climate fund hit a snag Thursday as major donors including the United States and Japan failed to meet a deadline for converting their pledges of climate aid into signed agreements.

The Green Climate Fund — intended to become the main international channel of climate finance for developing countries — said it had inked deals for 42 percent of the $10 billion that governments pledged last year. It needs to hit 50 percent to start considering...

April 30, 2015 - 11:06am
4 days 8 hours ago

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Cabinet minister says international aid has repeatedly fallen short of Jordan's needs for dealing with the influx of Syrian refugees, suggesting the kingdom might restrict their entry if the crisis exacerbates unemployment and poverty.

Planning Minister Imad Fakhoury said Thursday that when "this starts to threaten our stability or security, then it is our sovereign right that we take the necessary measures to protect Jordan."

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April 30, 2015 - 10:15am
4 days 8 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Chechnya's leader says he is ready to give evidence in the investigation into the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

The main suspect in the Feb. 27 killing is an officer in Ramzan Kadyrov's security force, and Nemtsov's children have asked for Kadyrov to be questioned.

Speaking Thursday on the radio, Kadyrov said he was ready to give evidence. He also said his officer Zaur Dadaev should be sent to prison if found guilty...

April 30, 2015 - 10:14am
4 days 8 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish biker says at least one member of a nationalistic Russian motorcycle club appears to have entered Poland despite a ban, and was riding with two other Russians — one of whom briefly unfurled a Soviet flag in the Auschwitz memorial's parking lot.

The pro-Kremlin Night Wolves, who are on a World War II remembrance ride, were denied entry to Poland on Monday amid tension between Warsaw and Moscow over Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict....

April 30, 2015 - 10:14am
4 days 8 hours ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says hundreds of people are forced to live in the open, two days after a massive landslide in the remote northeast destroyed an entire village, killing at least 52.

Sayed Humayun Dhkhan from the National Disaster Management Authority in Badakhshan province said Thursday that more than 800 people in Khawahan district have no roof over their head and are sleeping outside.

He says 237 houses in Juerm Balla...

April 30, 2015 - 10:11am
4 days 8 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jozef Paczynski, a Polish political prisoner at Auschwitz who became the personal barber to camp commander Rudolf Hoess, has died. He was 95.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum confirmed Thursday that Paczynski died on Sunday in the nearby city of Krakow, where he lived.

Paczynski was among the first prisoners of Auschwitz and one of the prisoners to survive there the longest. He was among a group of Polish prisoners of war...

April 30, 2015 - 9:46am
3 days 21 hours ago

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) — Billboards with the image of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin have appeared all over Sevastopol in Russian-annexed Crimea in the run-up to Victory Day celebrations on May 9.

The billboards reading "Eternal glory to the victors" are sponsored by the Communist Party, which has always praised Stalin's role in the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Many Russian sailors and retired naval officers who served in the Soviet and Russian armed...

April 30, 2015 - 9:46am
4 days 9 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 percent by 2030 amid international efforts to set a new framework for addressing climate change.

The final draft of the government target, released Thursday, says Japan will aim to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 26 percent by 2030 compared to 2013 levels, or 25.4 percent from 2005 levels.

That is below the U.S. target of a 26-28 percent cut by 2025 from 2005 levels, and...

April 30, 2015 - 9:45am
4 days 9 hours ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan officials say the fugitive leader of a Ugandan rebel group operating in eastern Congo has been arrested in Tanzania, ending years of a manhunt.

Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga said Thursday that authorities believe Jamil Mukulu, who had been on the run since the 1990s as leader of an Islamic extremist group known as Allied Democratic Forces, is in the custody of Tanzanian security officials.

A Ugandan security...

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