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G-7 finance leaders united for Ukraine

G-7 finance ministers said they agreed to take concrete steps to deepen economic cooperation and respond together against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

U.N. pushes renewables with new warming records

The U.N. weather agency confirmed the past seven years were the hottest on record in a new report that will serve as the basis for global climate negotiations.

Experts urge more pandemic cooperation

More than two years into the pandemic, scientists say its global impacts will not be finished with us anytime soon, particularly in developing nations.

NATO poised to expand with Finland, Sweden

NATO welcomed decisions by Finland and Sweden to seek membership in the military alliance as foreign ministers met to discuss fast-tracking an expansion.

G-7 warns of global food and energy crisis

Russia’s war in the ‘breadbasket of Europe’ threatens to cause widespread hunger particularly in Africa and the Middle East, the G-7 warned.

Wildfires sign of climate ‘tinderboxes’

Climate change is devastating the American West, where wildfire season is off to an early, ferocious start. The U.N. says wildfires are wreaking havoc globally.

Human Rights Council sharpens focus in Ukraine

International investigators were directed to focus their efforts on possible war crimes by Russian soldiers near Ukraine’s capital and other regions.

First image of Milky Way’s black hole

An international astronomy team gave the world its first glimpse of the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

UNOPS chief resigns over lost millions

The head of a U.N. agency that last year oversaw US$3.4 billion in projects resigned over questions into tens of millions of dollars in agency spending.

WHO dramatically raises coronavirus death figures

There have been almost 15 million deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic — more than twice the official death toll — according to new estimates.

Media group warns of ‘fatal danger’ to democracies

Polarization fueled by Fox News-like opinion media, disinformation and propaganda is battering democracies, Reporters Without Borders said.

Groups ferry Ukrainians from Mariupol

Red Cross and U.N. workers rescued civilians from Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol, busing them to safety as part of a negotiated “safe passage” operation.

Nations agree to new scrutiny of U.N. vetos

Prompted by its own paralysis over Syria and Ukraine, the U.N. moved to prevent abuse of power by Russia and other permanent Security Council members.

CERN particle accelerator restarted

The world’s biggest and most powerful atom smasher is once again circulating beams of protons after a shutdown of more than three years for upgrades.

OSCE cites Russian war crimes in Ukraine

Russia has clearly violated international humanitarian law and abused human rights during its invasion of Ukraine since late February, OSCE reported.

Global confirmed virus cases exceed 500 million

The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 500 million with nearly 6.2 million deaths as a highly contagious Omicron sub-variant surged.

IPCC finds climate options dwindling

Nations have just a few years left to achieve the 2015 Paris Agreement’s goals of limiting global warming to a rise of 1.5 or 2 degrees C., climate experts say.

Paris climate treaty goal on ‘life support’

The world is “sleepwalking” towards ruin as the coronavirus and Russia’s war in Ukraine put a 1.5 degrees C. limit further out of reach, the U.N. chief said.

More than 3 million refugees flee Ukraine

While many Ukrainians stay to fight, several million Ukrainians have fled their country, mostly to Poland, since Russia’s invasion last month.

UNDP warns of poverty risk in Ukraine

If Russia’s invasion of Ukraine becomes a long drawn-out war it would erase almost two decades of prosperty-building, according to UNDP data estimates.

Top U.N. court orders Russia out of Ukraine

The ICJ ordered Russia to halt its invasion of Ukraine in a legally binding decision that is mainly symbolic because there is no direct means of enforcing it.