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Virus fears amplify appeals for Syria peace

A UNICEF aid worker carries a child at a shelter in Homs, Syria (AN/EPA/STR)

(AN) — Human rights experts warily eyeing the first cases of coronavirus in Syria renewed their long-ignored calls for an end to the war on Saturday, this time in the name of taking urgent health measures to avert further catastrophe.

G-20 pledges US$5 trillion to fight virus

Saudi Arabia's King Salman speaks by video link at a G-20 summit on March 26, 2020 (AN/Bandar Algaloud)

(AN) — Leaders of the G-20 major economies met by video conference and promised to spend more than US$5 trillion on Thursday in an effort to prop up the global economy and hasten people’s recovery from the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

U.N. launches US$2 billion anti-virus plan

Volunteers set up a COVID-19 pre-triage tent by Italy's Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital (AN/Italian Civil Protection Department)

(AN) — The United Nations appealed to governments and private donors on Wednesday to provide US$2 billion for a global plan to meet emergency health needs in the world’s poorest countries coping with the global COVID-19 pandemic.

IOC and Japan postpone Tokyo Olympics

"See you in Tokyo" at the Rio 2016 Summer Games closing ceremony (AN/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo)

(AN) — In an unprecedented move, the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will be postponed until 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee and Japan announced on Tuesday.

U.N. urges ceasefire as cases near 400,000

U.S. soldiers check motorists at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site in New York on March 18, 2020 (AN/Sean Madden)

(AN) — U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire on Monday to help vanquish the COVID-19 pandemic, imploring warring parties to disarm and fight the virus as a “common enemy.”

Syria’s horrific war marks grim milestone

An Iraqi army soldier training with an M198 155mm howitzer artillery piece (AN/Horace Murray)

(AN) — Almost 5 million children in Syria have known nothing but war while another 1 million were born as refugees into a harsh life, UNICEF reported on Sunday to mark the atrocious conflict since early 2011 starting its 10 year.

WHO and foundations launch virus fund

Travelers wearing protective masks at Zurich Airport on March 12, 2020 (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The World Health Organization and two international foundations launched a first-of-its-kind fund on Friday to help nations with vulnerable populations and weak health systems cope with the global coronavirus pandemic.

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