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Donors pledge €6.9 billion to help Syrians

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at an online pledging conference for Syria (AN/E.U.)

(AN) — Governments and organizations pledged €6.9 billion at a conference on Tuesday to provide humanitarian aid for people displaced inside war-ravaged Syria and for refugees who fled for safety to neighboring countries.

Pandemic fueled by ‘profound inequalities’

U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet addresses the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (AN/OHCHR)

(AN) — The challenge of preventing abuses worldwide is rising sharply as racism, discrimination and social inequalities accelerate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.

Coronavirus infections overtake 10 million

The U.S. Navy's hospital ship deployed at New York City in spring for the pandemic (AN/Joe Nolan)

(AN) — The world reached two tragic milestones on Sunday — 10 million COVID-19 cases and 500,000 deaths — with 1 million infections added in the past six days even as nations eased lockdowns and focused on economic recovery.

At 75, U.N. Charter remains a ‘touchstone’

A memorial in Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt and her role in establishing the United Nations (AN/Paul Simpson)

(AN) — The Charter of the United Nations, the landmark treaty signed 75 years ago on Friday at the end of the U.N. Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, remains a global “touchstone” as relevant as ever.

Kosovo leader faces war crimes indictment

Kosovo's president, Hashim Thaçi, at a U.S. ceremony in 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery (AN/Elizabeth Fraser)

(AN) — Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaçi, and nine other former separatists were indicted on war crimes charges on Wednesday, three days before talks in Washington with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić.

IMF forecasts 4.9% drop in world economy

A nearly empty terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport in the U.S. in April (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The International Monetary Fund estimated a 4.9 percent drop in global GDP for 2020 on Wednesday, sharply revising its earlier prediction of a 3 percent drop from the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

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