Climate activism propelled by E.U. voters

Climate concerns have rarely if ever weighed heavily in any major election — until now, with Europe’s Greens gaining influence from worried voters.

WHO classifies gaming disorder as illness

Playing video games to excess at the expense of work, school or relationships can be medically diagnosed if it lasts more than a year, WHO agreed.

Versailles centennial strikes modern nerve

A century ago, a treaty signing on the outskirts of Paris helped end World War I but raised questions about the reliability of American leadership.

U.N. orders U.K. to return site of U.S. base

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to demand Britain cede to Mauritius an Indian Ocean archipelago where the U.S. maintains a military base.

42 nations agree to ethical standards for AI

The world’s first international, non-binding standards for artificial intelligence were approved by 42 nations in an effort to guide ethical development.

Ebola and reform weigh on WHO assembly

Congo’s spreading Ebola outbreak, universal health coverage and questions about spending and reform topped the World Health Assembly’s agenda.

Council of Europe keeps Russia as member

Council of Europe foreign ministers agreed to restore Russia’s right to participate in its Parliamentary Assembly “on an equal basis” with other nations.

Pact against online extremism gains steam

Proponents gained momentum for a new global accord to keep internet platforms from being used by extremists to organize and spread hatred and violence.

U.N. chief warns of climate security threats

Drought linked to global warming is a security threat to the African continent and Mediterranean region including Europe, the U.N. chief said.

U.N.: 1 million in Gaza may go hungry

More than 1 million people in Gaza risk running out of food less than a year after the U.S. announced a cutoff in aid to Palestinians, UNRWA said.

Record 41 million uprooted in own nations

Disasters and conflicts drove nations atop a list of places that contributed to 28 million people newly uprooted within their own countries in 2018.

Plastic added to treaty on hazardous waste

Concerned about marine pollution, most of the world’s nations agreed to clean up trade in plastic waste by adding it as a pollutant under a treaty.

New Vatican law for reporting of sex abuse

The Vatican released a sweeping new law that requires all Catholic priests and nuns worldwide to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors.

Iran to withdraw from parts of nuclear deal

Iran announced plans to resume enriching uranium at higher levels if world powers will not accept new terms under the 2015 nuclear deal the U.S. renounced.

Arctic Council steers clear of climate crisis

The eight-nation Arctic Council reaffirmed its commitment to peace, stability and cooperation but skirted mention of a global climate crisis.

Two Reuters journalists freed in Myanmar

Myanmar released two Reuters reporters held in a notorious prison for more than 500 days because of their investigation into crimes against Rohingyas.

Humans accelerate 1 million species losses

Human actions are causing Earth’s natural life support systems to reach a breaking point, threatening 1 million plant and animal species with extinction.

Mozambique cyclones affect 1 million kids

Two cyclones that tore into Mozambique over the past two months affected 1 million children and damaged or destroyed 400 schools, UNICEF said on Friday.

E.U. publishes its plan for e-commerce rules

The E.U. made public its proposal on Friday for creating new global rules on electronic commerce through the World Trade Organization.

Landmark verdict shapes women’s sports

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday upheld track and field’s controversial rules for women who naturally produce high levels of testosterone.