Puerto Rico

Food, water aid to continue

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it is not cutting off food and water supplies to Puerto Rico despite reports that it intended to do so. FEMA spokesman William Booher told the Associated Press that the agency has been evaluating whether enough stores and supermarkets reopened by Jan. 31 to justify ending distribution of food and water to municipal governments on the island. He said no decision has been made and officials mistakenly made the date public this week. Booher stressed FEMA will continue to distribute aid to needy towns for the foreseeable future.

Israel

Report targets companies

The U.N. human rights office said Wednesday that 206 companies — mostly Israeli and American — are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law. In a long-awaited report, the office said more resources were needed to handle the complex and unprecedented task of compiling what some critics call an unfair “blacklist” and a sign of anti-Israel bias at the U.N. Proponents insist that companies must be held accountable for their activities, arguing those actions can contribute to injustices against Palestinians.

France

Warning about anti-Semitism

France is facing a “new form of anti-Semitism” marked by violence, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Wednesday, deploring an assault this week in a Paris suburb on an 8-year-old boy wearing a Jewish skullcap. President Emmanuel Macron has denounced the attack Monday in Sarcelles, a northern suburb with a large Jewish population, as “heinous.” French media have described the attackers as teenagers who ran away after tripping and kicking the boy to the ground. Police were investigating but there have been no arrests.

Ethiopia

Trump apology almost sought

African leaders this week came close to demanding that President Donald Trump publicly apologize for his vulgar remark about the continent “that defies all forms of diplomatic etiquette,” according to a draft declaration obtained by the Associated Press. The draft, created during an African Union summit on Sunday and Monday, says heads of state and government are “deeply appalled” by Trump’s reported comparison of African countries to a dirty toilet. It warns that the strategic partnership between Africa and the U.S. is at risk because of Trump’s “racist and xenophobic behavior.”

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires

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