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U.N. rights chief decries reported spyware abuse

Michelle Bachelet said reports of spying with military-grade malware on activists, dissidents and journalists “seem to confirm some of the worst fears.”

WMO’s climate-linked ‘summer of extremes’

Amid devastating floods in Western Europe, the U.N. weather agency stressed the rising frequency of extreme weather due to the climate crisis.

New European carbon cutting plans unveiled

The European Commission adopted a set of proposals to cut net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent from 1990 levels by the end of this decade.

Almost 10% of all people went hungry in 2020

World hunger “shot up” during the pandemic, leaving nearly 1-in-10 people undernourished mostly in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

U.N. extends aid route to rebel-held Syria

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a compromise to keep open Syria’s last non-government controlled border crossing for humanitarian aid.

400,000 face Ethiopia famine

Senior U.N. officials warned that more than 400,000 people are suffering from famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and 1.8 million more are on the verge.

Berlin forum cites ‘progress’ in Libyan unity

Calling it “a new phase for peace in Libya,” Germany and the U.N. ended a conference with diplomats expressing confidence in Libya’s rebuilding.

Bachelet calls pandemic key test for leaders

The U.N. human rights chief opened the Human Rights Council’s summer session urging leaders to correct the many inequalities laid bare by the pandemic.

Guterres re-elected as U.N. chief through 2026

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres was re-elected to lead the world body for the next five years, winning the General Assembly’s unanimous support.

Nearly 3 million more displaced people in 2020

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the global number of people fleeing wars, conflicts or human rights violations rose to almost 82.4 million last year.

Biden and Putin agree to reduce nuclear risks

With U.S.-Russia tensions nearing Cold War-era dimensions, Presidents Biden and Putin used Swiss diplomacy to agree to nuclear talks and other measures.

E.U. and U.S. end Airbus-Boeing dispute

The E.U. and U.S. announced a deal to end the bitter trade dispute between Airbus and Boeing as E.U. leaders and U.S. President Joe Biden met in Brussels.

G-7 takes on pandemic, climate and China’s role

The G-7 summit wrapped up with vows to end the pandemic, fight climate change and incorporate U.S. President Biden’s pledge to “build back better.”

After 80 years, Atlantic Charter 2.0 is agreed

The U.S. and the U.K. signed a “revitalized” version of the 1941 Atlantic Charter to focus on 21st century risks such as cyber attacks and rising temperatures.

Experts urge policy nexus to nature, climate crises

The planet’s massive losses of species and rising temperatures are driven by human activities that must be tackled together, two organizations reported.

Open Skies lapse weakens U.S.-Russia ties

Russia withdrew from a treaty meant to lower the risk of conflict between Western nations and post-Soviet Russia, soon after the U.S. abandoned it.

G-7 backs 15% minimum global tax rate

Finance ministers from the Group of Seven agreed to set a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15 percent to deter multinationals from using tax havens.

OPCW points to 17 chemical attacks in Syria

Chemical weapons were used or likely used in at least 17 attacks in Syria, the international chemical weapons watchdog told the U.N. Security Council.

New compact boosts marine protected areas

Five nations announced a new alliance to promote more conservation of marine ecosystems in the fight against climate change.

U.N. told of potential war crimes in Gaza

The U.N. human rights chief raised the possibility that Israel’s military committed war crimes during its latest war with Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers.

WEF calls off Singapore summit over pandemic

The World Economic Forum cancelled a summer version of its annual meeting in Singapore and pushed its annual Davos meeting to “the first half of 2022.”