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World surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases

A nearly empty commercial flight from the United States to Europe in April (AN/John Heilprin)

The world reached a staggering milestone surpassing 20 million COVID-19 cases with 736,000 deaths — a doubling of 10 million cases in just over six weeks.

China sanctions NGO heads and U.S. lawmakers

Police face off with protesters at Hong Kong in December 2019 (AN/K.rol2007)

China announced economic sanctions on 11 NGO leaders and U.S. lawmakers, in a retaliatory move against outspoken critics of its crackdown on Hong Kong.

Cybercrime and terrorism profit off pandemic

An officer with the U.K.'s National Crime Agency triages a seized computer for evidence of criminal activity (AN/NCA)

The COVID-19 pandemic is being exploited to radicalize would-be terrorists and to target vulnerable networks used by hospitals and healthcare systems.

Nationalism rejected on 75th A-bomb anniversary

Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome, 160 meters from the bomb's hypocenter, now an official UNESCO World Heritage Site (AN/Luca Sartoni)

On the 75th anniversary of the first atomic bombing, Hiroshima’s mayor called on world leaders to ban atomic weapons and boost international cooperation.

ILO child labor treaty gains universal backing

A child laborer in Madagascar (AN/Rod Waddington)

The ILO said a two decade-old convention outlawing the worst forces of child labor has gained universal ratification among all of its 187 member nations.

Generation of students at risk from school closures

Children heading home from school in the Philippines (AN/Brian Evans)

A generation of children could suffer major setbacks if nations fail to sufficiently contain the coronavirus so schools can reopen, according to UNESCO data.

Rare splashdown caps SpaceX and NASA flight

The SpaceX Crew Dragon with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken as it approaches the International Space Station (AN/NASA)

The SpaceX Crew Dragon and NASA crew plunged into the Gulf of Mexico, completing the first manned orbit in a commercially built and operated spacecraft.