The World of International Organizations

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)

(AN) — International election observers praised U.S. general elections as competitive and well-managed but concluded on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s false claims of victory and calls to halt vote-counting are eroding public 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)

(AN) — Germany and France pushed for European Union sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, a day after the international organization that investigates chemical weapons attacks confirmed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent.

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)

(AN) — Who knew that a new coronavirus had been detected and when did they know it? As the World Health Organization gears up for an investigation into its handling of the pandemic, its own revised timeline on the first reports of 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)

(AN) — Dozens of nations repeatedly urged the United States to eradicate its systemic racism and police brutality — and U.S. officials vowed to make changes — but there have been few such improvements, according to two comprehensive U.N. human rights reviews. The third review is aptly slated for November.

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)

(AN) — World leaders joined forces for the launch of a European Union-led global pledging “marathon” on Monday that delivered promises of €7.4 billion for research into COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and medical treatments.

Domestic abuse rises with virus lockdowns

Residents at a domestic violence shelter in El Paso, Texas well before the COVID-19 crisis (AN/Bread for the World)

(AN) — The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating domestic violence around the globe as half the world’s population grapples with stay-at-home orders to keep the virus from spreading, U.N. and public health officials said on Monday.

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