India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts U.S. President Donald Trump on a visit in February (AN/Shea Craighead)
September 29, 2020
(AN) — Amnesty International announced on Tuesday it must halt its human rights advocacy work in India because Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government froze the international organization’s bank accounts.
Doctors hold a discussion on COVID-19 in late April with women protected by U.N. peacekeepers in eastern Congo (AN/MONUSCO)
September 28, 2020
(AN) — Just 25 nations, or 12 percent of the world, have comprehensive measures to protect women against the pandemic’s social and economic impacts, according to two U.N. agencies’ new data tracker released on Monday.
Russian opposition activist and lawyer Lyubov Sobol with the Anti-Corruption Foundation (AN/Michał Siergiejevicz)
September 24, 2020
(AN) — Governments lose trillions of dollars a year to corruption, money laundering and tax avoidance and trillions more are hidden away that could aid people living in poverty, a U.N. panel reported on Thursday.
A canal in China's ancient city of Suzhou, the “Venice of the East" (AN/Pedro Szekely)
September 22, 2020
(AN) — Sharpening his differences with U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that his nation — the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases — plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
Security Council and General Assembly chambers at U.N. headquarters in New York (AN/Bud Ellison)
September 22, 2020
(AN) — The United Nations General Assembly opened its first virtual meeting of world leaders and government officials on Tuesday, forced by the coronavirus pandemic to convert its global stage for diplomacy into a ghost village of video conferences and pre-recorded speeches.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press briefing in Washington earlier this week (AN/Ron Przysucha)
September 21, 2020
(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration followed through on its threat to unilaterally restore sanctions against Iran on Monday, defying widespread international criticism that the action is illegal.
Mass protests in Belarus against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko (AN/Franak Viačorka)
September 18, 2020
(AN) — The U.N. Human Rights Council voted overwhelmingly on Friday to examine reports of widespread abuses stemming from Belarusian authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown over a disputed presidential election.
Two men in Macao wearing face masks against the coronavirus (AN/Macao Photo Agency)
September 17, 2020
(AN) — Global coronavirus cases surged past 30 million with 944,000 deaths on Thursday, a grim milestone showing four nations — the United States, India, Brazil and Russia — account for about half of the pandemic.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Carrie Filipetti, left, Venezuelan National Assembly member Delsa Solórzano, center, and investigative journalist Nelson Bocaranda, right, talk about human rights abuses in Venezuela at a 2019 U.N. panel discussion in Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)
September 16, 2020
(AN) — An international fact-finding mission’s report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday raised allegations of crimes against humanity in Venezuela perpetrated by President Nicolás Maduro’s security forces and intelligence agencies.
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, delivers her 2020 State of the Union address to the European Parliament (AN/Etienne Ansotte)
September 16, 2020
(AN) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered an inaugurual State of the European Union speech on Wednesday that emphasized her vision for health and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and for battling climate change.