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Global coronavirus cases surge past 25 million

A playground in northern Spain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (AN/Gabriel Solorzano)

(AN) — The world reached 25 million coronavirus infections and 843,000 deaths on Sunday, rising at a pace that indicates the pandemic has further accelerated since the 20 million mark was reached less than three weeks ago.

Envoy says Syrian peace talks restoring trust

The U.N.’s Syria envoy, Geir Pedersen, speaks to reporters in Geneva this month (AN/U.N. Geneva)

(AN) — The U.N. special envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, said three days of peace talks ended on Saturday with “a little bit” more confidence and trust built up among government, opposition and civil society representatives.

WEF postpones Davos gathering to summer

Winter in Davos, Switzerland, home to the World Economic Forum's annual meetings (AN/Falk Lademann)

(AN) — Summer hiking paths instead of winter ski trails await world leaders and power brokers at their next annual gathering in the Swiss resort town of Davos, the World Economic Forum announced on Wednesday.

IAEA chief negotiates nuclear access with Iran

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi heads to a meeting in Vienna this month with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AN/Dean Calma)

(AN) — Amid rising tensions on the U.N. Security Council over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran announced on Wednesday that Iran will allow inspectors to examine two nuclear sites.

Security Council rejects U.S. demands on Iran

As U.N. Security Council president, Indonesia's U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft (AN/Ron Przysucha)

(AN) — The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday rejected the United States’ attempt to use the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to restore international sanctions against Tehran, further exposing how isolated U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has become from the international community.

Rebuilding tourism industry a U.N. priority

Hot air ballooning in Turkey's Cappadocia region (AN/Feridun F. Alkaya)

(AN) — The coronavirus pandemic could eliminate 40 percent of global tourism’s 300 million jobs — one of every 10 worldwide — and trillions of dollars essential to developing economies, the U.N. chief said on Tuesday.

WHO chief hopes for 2-year limit to pandemic

A World Health Organization virtual news briefing on Friday (AN/U.N. Web TV)

(AN) — World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus offered a tentative timetable on Friday for ending the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years if nations can pull together in fighting it.

Tribunal convicts one in Hariri assassination

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon's judgement hearing in the case of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's 2005 assassination (AN/STL)

(AN) — A U.N.-appointed tribunal on Tuesday convicted a member of the Hezbollah militant group of homicide and terrorism in the truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri 15 years ago.

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