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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)

(AN) — Sharpening his differences with U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday 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)

(AN) — The United Nations General Assembly opened its first virtual meeting of world leaders and government officials on Tuesday, forced by the coronavirus pandemic to convert its usual global stage for diplomacy into a ghost village of video conferences and pre-recorded speeches.

Coronavirus cases top 30 million worldwide

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

(AN) — Global coronavirus cases surged past 30 million with 944,000 deaths on Thursday, a grim milestone showing four nations — the United States, India, Brazil and Russia — account 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)

(AN) — An international fact-finding mission’s report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday raised allegations of crimes against humanity in Venezuela perpetrated by President Nicolás Maduro’s security forces and intelligence agencies.

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)

(AN) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered an inaugurual State of the European Union speech on Wednesday that emphasized her vision for health and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and for battling climate change.

New UNGA chief warns nationalism fuels pandemic

Bronze monumental sculpture “Sphere Within Sphere” at the U.N. headquarters in New York (AN/Abir Anwar)

(AN) — Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir, on his first day as president of the United Nations General Assembly, cautioned on Tuesday against unilateralism in taking on the coronavirus pandemic, and called for more global cooperation to develop and distribute vaccines.

WTO sides with China in Trump’s trade war

U.S. President Donald Trump waves while boarding Air Force One en route back to Washington (AN/Shealah Craighead)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration violated international trade rules by unfairly slapping USD$234 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods without justification two years ago, a World Trade Organization panel ruled on Tuesday.

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