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Myanmar coup raises stakes for investigations

Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist stupa in Myanmar (AN/John Heilprin)

A military coup toppling Myanmar’s democratically elected government adds urgency to human rights investigations into generals’ long history of brutal rule.

Vaccine nationalism hangs over 2021 recovery

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 22, 2020 (AN/NIH)

Richer countries locked up most of 2021’s COVID-19 vaccine supply despite the COVAX Facility’s multilateral efforts to ensure all nations have equal access.

Report: UNDP audit looks into GEF projects

A sign at a GEF-funded project led by UNDP in the Galápagos Islands (AN/Michael Perry)

UNDP said in response to a news article it examined possbible “misuse of funds” affecting almost US$100 million in GEF-funded projects.

OSCE warns against Trump attacks on trust

Voters in New York City line up to cast early U.S. election ballots in late October (AN/Jim Naureckas)

OSCE observers concluded U.S. President Donald Trump’s false claims of victory and calls to halt vote-counting are eroding trust in American democracy.

OPCW confirms nerve agent in Navalny attack

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at a march in Moscow in memory of slain politician Boris Nemtsov (AN/Michał Siergiejevicz)

Germany and France pushed for E.U. sanctions on Russia after OPCW confirmed Russia’s Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent.

The U.N. Trump bid that might have been

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly at New York in 2019 (AN/Joyce N. Boghgosian)

Ahead of his last U.N. visit, U.S. President Donald Trump dusted off a favorite self-aggrandizing tale about the time he “offered to rebuild” the world body.

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.

Updated WHO timeline flags controversy

U.S. sailor Joyce Sim treats a patient aboard a hospital ship supporting the nation's COVID-19 response effort (AN/Ryan Breeden)

As WHO gears up for an investigation into its handling of the pandemic, its own revised timeline on COVID-19 might raise more questions than it answers.

Racism flagged in reviews of U.S. rights

A homeless person across from a federal courthouse on Constitution Avenue in downtown Washington (AN/John Heilprin)

Dozens of nations repeatedly urged the U.S. to eradicate systemic racism and police brutality but there have been few improvements, two U.N. reviews show.

E.U. raises €7.4 billion for anti-virus effort

European Council President Charles Michel of Belgium speaks at the Coronavirus Global Response pledging conference on May 4, 2020 (AN/European Union)

World leaders joined forces for the launch of a European Union-led global pledging “marathon” that delivered promises of €7.4 billion for COVID-19 research.