WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking to a forum at Vienna in September (Arête News/Dean Calma)
January 30, 2020
The World Health Organization declared it considers the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency on Thursday, after the epidemic first detected in China spread to 7,800 confirmed cases and 170 deaths worldwide.
Irish vessel LÉ James Joyce rescues migrants northwest of Tripoli (Arête News/Óglaigh na hÉireann)
January 30, 2020
The United Nations refugee agency said it was suspending operations at a migrant transit center in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday due to safety concerns as violence between two main warring factions intensifies.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres marks Vienna International Center's 40th anniversary in May 2019 (Arête News/Dean Calma)
January 29, 2020
The U.N. human rights office acknowledged on Wednesday it had suffered a sophisticated cyberattack on its computers last year, but sought to assure the public that none of its sensitive data or confidential information was accessed.
Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province, in 2018 (Arête News/Yohann Agnelot)
January 28, 2020
Chinese officials agreed on Tuesday to allow international experts from the United Nations health agency to enter the country as soon as possible and join in efforts to combat a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people.
Dutch trade minister Sigrid Kaag tours Tripoli, Libya in 2018 (Arête News/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)
January 27, 2020
Renewed fighting ended a fragile ceasefire in Libya as U.N. officials cited arms embargo violations and urged warring parties on Monday to investigate the deadly airstrikes that killed at least 53 people last July.
An asylum seeker by the U.S. border with Tijuana, Mexico (Arête News/Daniel Arauz)
January 24, 2020
The United Nations’ migration agency said on Friday it was providing humanitarian aid and arranging the return home of more than 140 migrants who arrived in Guatemala from Honduras while trying to reach the United States.
Rohingya people in shelters near Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's Rakhine State (Arête News/Mathias Eick)
January 23, 2020
The International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar’s government on Thursday to do everything it can to prevent more atrocities and genocide against the nation’s Rohingya Muslim minority of hundreds of thousands of people.
Then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was sacked by President Donald Trump in May 2019, speaks on International Anti-Corruption Day at Kiev's Platforma Art Factory in 2017 (Arête News/U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine)
January 23, 2020
Most nations had little to no improvement last year in fighting corruption that was “more pervasive” whenever big money influenced elections or governments, Transparency International’s annual rankings showed on Thursday.
Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos in 2010 (Arête News/Steve Jurvetson)
January 22, 2020
U.N. human rights investigators urged a special inquiry on Wednesday into Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alleged role in hacking the phone of Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.
Migrant farmworker Ioane Teitiota, whose family fled Kiribati's climate (Arête News/Timothy McDonald)
January 21, 2020
Migrant farmworker Ioane Teitiota lost his case against deportation from New Zealand, but in its ruling on Tuesday the U.N. Human Rights Committee said people fleeing the effects of climate change may be entitled to claim asylum.