World briefs

US proposes plan to get aid to NKorea

UNITED NATIONS — The United States is trying to ensure that humanitarian aid doesn’t face unnecessary obstacles in getting to North Korea, where the U.N. said around 10 million people need food and other aid and about 20 percent of children are stunted because of malnutrition.

New guidelines proposed by the U.S. and obtained Friday by The Associated Press are expected to be adopted Monday by the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea.


12-year-old dislikes ‘genius’ label

MEXICO CITY — The youngest student ever admitted to Mexico’s National Autonomous University said he doesn’t like to use the word genius to describe himself.

Carlos Santamaria Diaz, a 12-year-old who will begin classes for an undergraduate degree in biomedical physics Monday, was dwarfed by the blue chair he sat in to answer reporters’ questions Friday.

Carlos spoke of his passion for finding cures for rare diseases. He has already done preparatory work at the university’s school of chemistry in its genetics sciences center.


Minister resigns over deadly wildfires

ATHENS — Greece’s public order minister resigned Friday over the deadly forest fire that killed at least 88 people in a seaside area near Athens last week, after spending days defending the way authorities had handled the disaster.

A government statement said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Nikos Toskas and accepted his resignation.