WHO declares global emergency over virus

WHO said the coronavirus outbreak is a global health emergency, after the epidemic first detected in China spread to 7,800 cases and 170 deaths worldwide.

UNHCR halts work at Libya migrant center

The U.N. refugee agency said it was suspending operations at a migrant center in the Libyan capital of Tripoli due to safety concerns as violence intensifies.

Report shows hack of U.N. offices last year

The U.N. human rights office acknowledged it suffered a sophisticated cyber attack last year, but said all of its sensitive and confidential data were safe.

China to let WHO send in experts on virus

Chinese officials agreed to allow WHO’s experts to enter as soon as possible and help to combat a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people.

Libya clashes resume despite interventions

Renewed fighting ended a fragile cease-fire in Libya as U.N. officials urged warring parties to investigate airstrikes that killed at least 53 people last July.

IOM assists migrant caravan in Guatemala

The U.N. migration agency was providing aid and arranging the return home of more than 140 migrants in Guatemala from Honduras trying to enter the U.S.

ICJ orders Myanmar to prevent genocide

The International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar’s government to do everything it can to prevent more atrocities and genocide against the Rohingyas.

TI index shows anti-corruption efforts lag

Most nations had little to no improvement last year in fighting corruption that was “more pervasive” whenever big money influenced elections or governments.

U.N. probe sought of Saudi spyware hack

U.N. investigators urged an inquiry into the Saudi crown prince’s alleged role in hacking the phone of Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

U.N. panel bolsters climate asylum seekers

Ioane Teitiota lost his case against deportation, but in its ruling the U.N. Human Rights Committee said people fleeing climate change may claim asylum.

Worlds collide: Trump, Thunberg at Davos

U.S. President Donald Trump and 17-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg seemed to be talking about two entirely different planets at WEF in Davos.

IAEA cites improvements since Fukushima

Japan strengthened inspections as part of efforts to improve regulation of nuclear and radiation safety in the wake of the Fukushima Daichi accident in 2011.

U.K. and France stick to Iran nuclear deal

Britain and France recommitted to the Iran nuclear deal despite the U.S. undermining it and Europeans triggering a process that may reimpose sanctions.

WHO says new antibiotics pipeline thins

WHO At least 700,000 people a year die from drug-resistant diseases but only 50 antibiotics exist in the medical community pipeline of potential new drugs.

UNCTAD says growth rate fell in 2019

The global economy slowed to a 2.3 percent growth rate last year, its lowest of the decade, from rising trade tensions and slowing investment, UNCTAD said.

Millenials fear nuclear attack in ICRC poll

More than half of all people reaching adulthood in the early 21st century believe it more likely than not a nuclear attack will occur in the coming decade.

U.N. reports on war agonies for Syrian kids

Syria’s civil war has stolen the childhoods of 5 million boys and girls including many killed or suffering grave abuses of their rights, U.N. experts said.

WEF’s top 5 global risks all environmental

WEF’s annual compendium of the biggest risks on the planet, released to shape next week’s gathering at Davos, overwhelmingly focuses on the climate crisis.

HRW warns China attacking global rights

Human Rights Watch cautioned that China is using its economic muscle to silence critics at home and increasingly abroad through organizations and treaties.

U.N. proposes pact to fight mass extinction

U.N. officials unveiled a sweeping plan to avert Earth’s sixth mass extinction, proposing a global wildlife treaty on the scale of the Paris climate accord.

Security Council vote squeezes aid to Syria

The U.N. Security Council renewed a humanitarian operation in Syria but gave in to Russia’s demand that it reduce cross-border aid to two Turkish crossings.