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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)

The world reached 25 million coronavirus infections, rising at a pace that indicates the pandemic has further accelerated since the 20 million mark.

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)

The U.N. special envoy to Syria said peace talks built “a little bit” more confidence and trust among government, opposition and civil society representatives.

No remote learning for 463 million children

A child at a computer for distance learning during the pandemic (AN/Ivan Radic)

Nearly a third of the world’s 1.5 billion schoolchildren have been unable to access remote learning during school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WEF postpones Davos gathering to summer

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

Summer hiking paths instead of winter ski trails await world leaders and power brokers at the World Economic Forum’s next annual gathering in Davos.

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)

Amid rising tensions on the U.N. Security Council over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, IAEA and Tehran said Tehran will allow inspectors at 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)

The U.N. Security Council rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to use the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to restore international sanctions against Tehran.

Rebuilding tourism industry a U.N. priority

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

The pandemic could eliminate 40 percent of global tourism’s 300 million jobs — one of every 10 — and trillions of dollars essential to developing economies.

WHO chief hopes for 2-year limit to pandemic

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

WHO’s chief offered a tentative timetable for subduing the 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)

A U.N.-appointed tribunal convicted one of four Hezbollah members charged in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

WHO chief urges unity over ‘vaccine nationalism’

A photo illustration of global vaccine efforts (AN/Jernej Furman)

WHO’s chief said nations must band together and stop competing over access to future supplies of a potential vaccine if they want to beat the pandemic.