The World of International Organizations

Africa’s mobile money risks alarm Interpol

A highway ad for mobile banking above a police checkpoint in Malawi (AN/Lars Ploughmann)

(AN) — The world’s largest international police organization warned on Monday that organized crime groups have infiltrated Africa’s burgeoning billion-dollar mobile money industry as a platform for human trafficking, money laundering and the global drug trade.

Elders rally resistance to Israeli annexation

View from the Palestinian city of Jericho in the occupied West Bank (AN/Kevin Dooley)

(AN) — An independent group of global leaders appealed to European leaders on Friday to “stand firm” against Israel’s threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, saying such a move would increase the risks of violence and undermine global respect for the rule of law.

CERN discovers a new ‘exotic’ tetraquark

Illustration of a new tetraquark detected for the first time at CERN (AN/CERN)

(AN) — Researchers at the world’s biggest atom smasher announced on Wednesday they have observed a type of four-quark particle that physicists have never seen before and could lead to better understanding of a fundamental building block of all matter.

Global tourism may lose US$3.3 trillion

Tourists visit London's Trafalgar Square in pre-COVID-19 pandemic days (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The global coronavirus outbreak could cause as much as US$3.3 trillion in losses to the global tourism industry if the pandemic lasts a year, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development reported on Wednesday.

Security Council backs COVID-19 ceasefire

The U.N. Security Council's virtual meeting calling for a global ceasefire (AN/U.N. Web TV)

(AN) — The U.N. Security Council overcame U.S. resistance to unanimously approve a resolution on Wednesday calling for immediate ceasefires worldwide so that everyone can focus their efforts on ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donors pledge €6.9 billion to help Syrians

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at an online pledging conference for Syria (AN/E.U.)

(AN) — Governments and organizations pledged €6.9 billion at a conference on Tuesday to provide humanitarian aid for people displaced inside war-ravaged Syria and for refugees who fled for safety to neighboring countries.

Pandemic fueled by ‘profound inequalities’

U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet addresses the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (AN/OHCHR)

(AN) — The challenge of preventing abuses worldwide is rising sharply as racism, discrimination and social inequalities accelerate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.

Coronavirus infections overtake 10 million

The U.S. Navy's hospital ship deployed at New York City in spring for the pandemic (AN/Joe Nolan)

(AN) — The world reached two tragic milestones on Sunday — 10 million COVID-19 cases and 500,000 deaths — with 1 million infections added in the past six days even as nations eased lockdowns and focused on economic recovery.

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