The World of International Organizations

BIS warns on trade wars and cheap money

The Bank for International Settlements' offices in Basel, Switzerland (AN/John Heilprin)

The Bank for International Settlements issued its annual report, warning governments must reduce trade tensions and rely on more than stimulus.

G-20 navigates trade and political risks

A group photo of leaders during the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan (AN/Tia Dufour)

The Group of 20 ended a two-day summit warning of risks to global growth but did not condemn protectionism, as U.S., Russian and Chinese leaders met.

U.N. Security Council urges calm in Gulf

U.S. fighter jets in the Gulf of Oman (AN/Matt Herbst)

The U.N. Security Council called for “maximum restraint” in the tense Gulf region to avoid military escalation, but Iran rejected holding talks with the U.S.

ILO adopts #MeToo workplace treaty

A #MeToo protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City (AN/Mario A. Pena)

The ILO adopted a global treaty to reduce violence and harassment in the workplace, but stopped short of including language for LGBTI people.

China court decries Interpol ex-president

Former Interpol president Meng Hongwei on trial (AN/Tianjin No.1 Intermediate Court)

Interpol’s former president reportedly admitted in a Chinese court to accepting US$2.1 million in bribes and other kickbacks, Chinese authorities disclosed.

Almost 71 million people uprooted globally

Afghan refugees in Belgrade (AN/Frode Bjorshol)

Wars and conflicts displaced a record 70.8 million people worldwide in 2018, up 3 percent from a year earlier, the U.N. refugee agency reported.

U.N. team urges inquiry into Saudi prince

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, meeting with U.S. defense officials in Riyadh (AN/Adrian Cadiz)

An independent U.N. investigator reported “credible evidence” exists to justify a criminal probe into the Saudi crown prince for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

Facebook money and organization planned

Facebook's sneak peek of what using its new Libra currency will look like (AN/Facebook)

Facebook announced plans to launch a new digital currency and a new international organization to oversee it headquartered in Switzerland, a global hub.

Iran threatens to exceed nuclear deal limits

Iran's historic mountain village of Abyaneh, close to nuclear facilities (AN/Blondinrikard Fröberg)

One week after a warning from IAEA, Iran said it will soon increase its low-level enriched uranium stockpile above a limit in the 2015 nuclear deal.

In photos: A sea of protest lit up in purple

A young demonstrator on her father's shoulders expresses "solidarity" in Bern (AN/John Heilprin)

Women and girls of all ages turned out. Many wore purple clothes, held banners or chanted while filling public squares and streets. Some men joined in, too.