UN rights chief to make landmark trip to China’s Xinjiang region | Uighur News

Michelle Bachelet’s visit marks the first trip to China by a UN human rights commissioner since 2005. The UN human rights chief will travel to China on Monday for a long-awaited visit to the northwestern region of Xinjiang where Beijing has been accused of abuses against the mostly Muslim Uighur minority. High Commissioner for Human … Read more

African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe, US

LONDON (AP) — Scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease’s recent spread in Europe and North America. Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West Africa. But in the past week, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, … Read more

North Korea hails recovery as WHO worries over missing data

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday more than a million people have already recovered from suspected COVID-19 just a week after disclosing an outbreak it appears to be trying to manage in isolation as global experts express deep concern about the public health threat. The country’s anti-virus headquarters announced 232,880 new cases … Read more

US and allies struggle to come up with plans to get vital grain supplies out of Ukraine

CNN — The Biden administration is working closely with European allies to try to develop routes to get Ukrainian wheat and corn out of the country after Russia blocked Ukrainian ships from departing with grain that is vital for food supplies around the world, particularly in Africa and the Middle East . There is no … Read more

Donors fall well short of UN target for Syria aid

BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors on Tuesday pledged $6.7 billion to help Syrians and neighboring countries hosting refugees but fell well short of a UN target for assistance to millions of people from conflict-torn Syria who rely on aid to survive. European Union Neighborhood Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi acknowledged that the war in Ukraine and the … Read more

Ukraine braces for attacks, evacuates more from steel mill

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces fired cruise missiles at the southern city of Odesa on Saturday and bombed a steel mill in Mariupol housing Ukrainian civilians and fighters, hoping to complete their conquest of the port city in time for Victory Day celebrations. Ukraine announced that all women, children and elderly had been evacuated … Read more

UN council backs UN chief’s peace effort in its first action

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The UN Security Council on Fridayly adopted its first statement since Russia’s military action began on Feb. 24, expressing “strong support” for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to find a peaceful solution to the 10-week “dispute.” The short presidential statement approved at a very brief council meeting Friday does not mention a … Read more

Live updates | Biden: US sending another $150M in assistance

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday authorized the shipment of another $150 million in military assistance for Ukraine for artillery rounds and radar systems in its fight against Russia’s invading forces. Biden said the latest spending means his administration has “nearly exhausted” what Congress authorized for Ukraine in March and called on lawmakers to … Read more

‘The world has not forgotten us’: Nigeria’s Buhari thankful for UN chief’s visit amid war in Ukraine

Abuja, Nigeria CNN — Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has thanked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his visit to the country, saying that he is grateful to the West African nation hasn’t been forgotten amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Guterres, who is visiting Nigeria for the first time as secretary-general, said he had traveled to Nigeria “to … Read more

Live updates | Russian forces storm Mariupol steel plant

KYIV, Ukraine — The deputy commander of the Azov Regiment that is holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol has confirmed to The Associated Press that Russian forces have started to storm the plant on Tuesday. The move comes almost two weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered its military not to storm … Read more