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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.

WHO and Google team fight an ‘infodemic’

World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)

(AN) — Secret cures and vaccines. Chinese biological weapons. These have been some of the bogus social media claims the World Health Organization said on Monday it was pushing back against in the global coronavirus outbreak.

UNESCO warns “duty to protect” heritage

Iran's Persepolis, former capital of the Achaemenid Empire dating back to 515 BC, is registered on UNESCO'S World Heritage List (AN/Ninara)

(AN) — The head of UNESCO sternly reminded Washington and Tehran on Monday they are bound by international law to protect cultural sites, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to target Iran’s most prized heritage.

U.N. peacekeeping abuses scrutinized

Philippine Marines train in a U.N. peacekeeping exercise in Bangladesh involving more than 30 nations (AN/Adam Montera)

(AN) — Six nations including the United States pushed for more accountability in U.N. peacekeeping operations on Friday at a high-level gathering to review progress on eliminating mismanagement, sexual abuse and other violence.

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