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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is renewing his calls for an immediate halt to violence on the 100th day of the war in Ukraine. The U.N. chief on Friday also called for urgent protection for civilians. He says civilians trapped in areas of active fighting must be evacuated. Guterres says the war has led to death and human rights violations and inflamed global food, energy and finance crises. The secretary-general says the U.N. remains committed to the humanitarian effort. But he says resolving the conflict requires dialogue.

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A former high-ranking U.S. ambassador admitted Friday to illegal foreign lobbying on behalf of Qatar after demanding that prosecutors tell him why a retired four-star general who worked with him on the effort has not been charged. Richard Olson, former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, pleaded guilty in Washington on federal charges that include improperly helping the Persian Gulf country influence U.S. policy. But Olson has argued he’s entitled to learn why prosecutors aren’t bringing charges for similar conduct by former Marine Gen. John Allen, who led U.S. forces in Afghanistan before being tapped to lead the Brookings Institution. Allen has denied wrongdoing.

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President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea is monitoring North Korean arrangements for a possible nuclear test explosion that outside officials say could be imminent. The envoy said Friday the United States is “preparing for all contingencies” in close coordination with its South Korean and Japanese allies. American diplomat Sung Kim was in Seoul for a trilateral meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program. North Korea has ramped up missile tests in 2022, exploiting a favorable environment to push forward weapons development as the United Nations Security Council remains divided over Russia’s war on Ukraine.

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The United Nations says that Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to renew a nationwide truce for another two months. The U.N. envoy to Yemen commended the two sides in a statement on Thursday, calling the cease-fire “a significant shift in the trajectory of the war.” The announcement is a glimmer of hope for the Arab world’s most impoverished country, plagued by eight years of civil war. However, significant obstacles remain to lasting peace. The cease-fire between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Houthi rebels first came into effect on April 2 — the first nationwide truce in six years of the conflict, during which fighting has significantly subsided.

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President Joe Biden says in a guest essay in The New York Times that he's decided to provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield. The expectation is that Ukraine could use the rockets in the eastern Donbas region, where they could both intercept Russian artillery and take out Russian positions in towns where fighting is intense, such as Sievierodonetsk. That town 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of the Russian border is in an area that is the last pocket under Ukrainian government control in the Luhansk region of the Donbas.

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China has fallen short on its bold plan for 10 Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries. But Foreign Minister Wang Yi has had plenty of smaller wins on his island-hopping tour of the region. Wang was in Fiji on Monday for a key meeting with foreign ministers from 10 small Pacific nations. He and Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama spoke at a news conference Monday but abruptly left as reporters tried to shout questions. That left many details undisclosed but it was clear the other nations hadn't endorsed China's plan.