The World of International Organizations

Scientists narrow the hunt for dark matter

Spiral galaxy PGC 54493, studied by astronomers for a phenomenon caused in part by dark matter (AN/ESA/NASA/Judy Schmidt)

(AN) — This Halloween, scientists celebrate a cosmic riddle of mysterious material known as “dark matter” they believe makes up most of the universe and holds it all together. Along with pumpkin-carving and trick-or-treating, it’s “Dark Matter Day” around the world.

Move over tobacco, air pollution is next

Smog covers Beijing's Forbidden City (AN/Public Domain)

(AN) — Tobacco’s stigma has a new rival — air pollution — as the World Health Organization called attention to 7 million deaths a year that it said are the result of simply breathing.

Postal union scrambles over U.S. criticism

The Universal Postal Union in Bern, Switzerland (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The Universal Postal Union said it has begun taking steps to fix the shipping policies that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration asserted undercut American businesses.

Arms trade in focus on Khashoggi scandal

Protesters against global arms sales outside the Swiss Parliament Building (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — A small protest in the Swiss capital brought into sharper focus a growing confluence of concerns over global weapons sales and the murder of a Saudi dissident journalist.

Turkey says treaty allows Khashoggi probe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (AN/Ilyas Ahmed)

(AN) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said an international treaty half a century old will help investigators unravel the carefully orchestrated killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Corruption and the impact on democracy

"Rest in peace, democracy!" Bucharest anti-corruption protest (AN/Cristian Iohan Ştefănescu)

(AN) — Corruption erodes governance but the fight against it can bring some unintended consequences. Shine too bright a light on the shortcomings of democracies and international organizations, and populist leaders could capitalize on polarizing forces such as extremism, racism and injustice.

Trump to pull U.S. out of nuclear treaty

A Russian warship with cruise missiles pays a friendly visit to San Francisco in 2010 (AN/Randy Chiu)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987, a move that could risk a new nuclear arms race.

Groups urge U.N. probe of Khashoggi case

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an honor guard ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington (AN/Amber I. Smith)

(AN) — Demands for a U.N.-led independent investigation into the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi widened to international organizations that promote press freedom and human rights.

U.N. urges cooperation in Khashoggi case

Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi (AN/April Brady)

(AN) — The U.N. human rights chief waded into the high-profile disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying his probable torture, murder and dismemberment would be “very serious crimes” that should compel Saudi Arabia and Turkey to cooperate fully.

Report finds 669 million lives saved by aid

A woman gets a tetanus shot at a Central African Republic clinic (AN/Pierre Holtz/UNICEF)

(AN) — International aid prevented 669 million deaths between 1990 and 2016 by spreading access to health services around the world, the ONE Campaign reported. But the gains could vanish if donors close their pocketbooks.

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