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India forces closure of Amnesty rights office

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts U.S. President Donald Trump on a visit in February (AN/Shea Craighead)

Amnesty International announced it must cease its human rights work in India because Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government froze its bank accounts.

U.N. virus tracker shows deficit of gender policies

Doctors hold a discussion on COVID-19 in late April with women protected by U.N. peacekeepers in eastern Congo (AN/MONUSCO)

Just 25 nations, or 12 percent of the world, have comprehensive measures in place to protect women against the pandemic, a new U.N. data tracker found.

U.N. panel decries ‘rampant’ corruption

Russian opposition activist and lawyer Lyubov Sobol with the Anti-Corruption Foundation (AN/Michał Siergiejevicz)

Governments lose trillions of dollars a year to corruption, money laundering and tax avoidance that could aid people in poverty, a U.N. panel reported.

China tells UNGA of carbon-neutral 2060 plan

A canal in China's ancient city of Suzhou, the “Venice of the East" (AN/Pedro Szekely)

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the U.N. that his nation — the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases — plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

UNGA converts into global stage of virtual diplomacy

Security Council and General Assembly chambers at U.N. headquarters in New York (AN/Bud Ellison)

The U.N. General Assembly opened its first virtual meeting of world leaders, forced by the pandemic to turn its global stage for diplomacy into a ghost village.

U.S. unilaterally restores U.N. sanctions on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press briefing in Washington earlier this week (AN/Ron Przysucha)

The U.S. followed through on its threat to unilaterally restore sanctions against Iran, defying widespread international criticism.

Top U.N. human rights body to monitor Belarus

Mass protests in Belarus against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko (AN/Franak Viačorka)

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to examine abuses from Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown over a disputed presidential election.

Coronavirus cases top 30 million worldwide

Two men in Macao wearing face masks against the coronavirus (AN/Macao Photo Agency)

Global coronavirus cases topped 30 million with 944,000 deaths, with the U.S., India, Brazil and Russia accounting for about half of the pandemic.

U.N. panel cites Venezuela ‘crimes against humanity’

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)

A report to the U.N. Human Rights Council raised allegations of crimes against humanity in Venezuela by President Nicolás Maduro’s administration.

E.U. vision unveiled in von der Leyen’s address

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, delivers her 2020 State of the Union address to the European Parliament (AN/Etienne Ansotte)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s inaugurual State of the E.U. speech emphasized pandemic recovery and climate change.