Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis.
Mexico quake rescuers struggle to free girl, other survivors
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The wiggling fingers of a young girl trapped in the rubble of her collapsed school in Mexico City raised hopes and prodded rescuers to work furiously hour after hour Wednesday in a delicate effort trying to free her from unstable debris — a drama that played out at dozens of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 245 people.
UN mission in Congo forces reckoning over sex abuse scandal
BUNIA, Congo (AP) — The United Nation's sexual abuse and exploitation scandal among peacekeepers is back in the spotlight with fresh calls for reform. In a year-long investigation, The Associated Press found that despite promising reforms for more than a decade, the U.N. still fails to meet many of its pledges to stop the abuse or help victims, some of whom have been lost to a sprawling bureaucracy. Cases disappear, or are handed off to the peacekeepers' home countries — which often do nothing.
Iranian president: Trump's UN comments 'ignorant, absurd'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran's president warned Wednesday that his country will "respond decisively" to any violation of the agreement that reins in its nuclear program and called President Donald Trump's "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" about Iran unfit for the United Nations.
Diplomats meet on Iran deal as Trump stays mum on decision
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has determined how he wants to approach the Iran nuclear deal — which he has called the worst agreement ever negotiated by the United States — but has not told even his top national security advisers what his decision is.