UNICEF says lead poisons up to 800 million kids

A third of the world’s children have elevated levels of lead in their blood that could lead to irreversible harm, UNICEF and Pure Earth reported.

Groups find authorities prey on African migrants

A new report found government officials inflicted almost half the violence suffered by people risking grave dangers to transit through North Africa for Europe.

COVID-19 ‘most severe’ health emergency

The coronavirus pandemic is the worst global public health emergency to be declared under a 13-year-old international law for deadly disease outbreaks.

WHO calls Pompeo remarks ‘unacceptable’

WHO’s chief denounced U.S. allegations he is subservient to the Chinese government and helped cover up Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

World surpasses 15 million coronavirus cases

The world reached another tragic milestone as it exceeded 15 million COVID-19 cases among more than 200 nations — a quarter of them in the U.S.

Virus and climate shape €1.8 trillion E.U. budget

European Union leaders sent a €1.8 trillion seven-year budget plan to European Parliament that includes a proposed €750 billion coronavirus recovery fund.

Organizations call on G-20 to cancel debts

Four anti-poverty international organizations called on G-20 finance ministers to cancel debts in poor nations so they can deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

E.U. court finds data vulnerable to U.S. spying

The E.U.’s top court ruled to invalidate an E.U.-U.S. data privacy shield on grounds it does not adequately protect against U.S. intelligence snooping.

WHO warns ‘normal’ is still a long ways off

WHO warned there will be “no return to the ‘old normal’ for the foreseeable future” as COVID-19 spreads and too many governments fail to act effectively.

Chronic hunger threatens 130 million more

The number of people not getting enough nutrition rose by 60 million since 2014 — and the pandemic may add up to 132 million more this year.

Security Council further tightens Syria aid

The U.N. Security Council, bowing to Russia, constricted aid for Syrians in areas still beyond Syrian government control to just one Turkish border crossing.

Trials continue for Srebrenica 25 years on

Eight Bosnian men and boys killed 25 years ago were laid to rest outside Srebrenica, a reminder that justice for genocide victims comes slowly, if at all.

Eight candidates in running for WTO chief

Eight contenders from Britain, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and South Korea have until September 7 to campaign for the job of WTO chief.

WMO warns of 1.5 degree C. limit by 2024

A key threshold of the 2015 Paris Agreement against the worst effects of global warming could be reached within five years, WMO warned.

Nations slam Trump’s move to leave WHO

Nations and public health critics denounced the Trump administration’s announced U.S. departure from WHO as an irresponsible and wrong-headed move.

Trump starts U.S. withdrawal from WHO

U.S. President Donald Trump gave notice to the U.N. triggering a one-year withdrawal process from the World Health Organization over the pandemic.

New evidence of Syrian war crimes found

U.N. experts unveiled fresh evidence of Syrian war crimes and possible crimes against humanity in opposition-held Idlib province since November.

Path steepens to 2030 anti-poverty goals

The U.N.’s annual forum on progress towards its 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 opened with a big challenge made far harder by the pandemic.

Africa’s mobile money risks alarm Interpol

Interpol warned that organized crime has infiltrated Africa’s mobile money industry as a platform for human trafficking, money laundering and the drug trade.

Updated WHO timeline flags controversy

As WHO gears up for an investigation into its handling of the pandemic, its own revised timeline on COVID-19 might raise more questions than it answers.

Elders rally resistance to Israeli annexation

An independent group of global leaders appealed to European leaders to “stand firm” against Israel’s threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.