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Global COVID-19 infections top 150 million

Two of every five cases were in the United States, India and Brazil alone — with more than 3.1 million deaths and 87 million recoveries worldwide.

U.N. chief to prolong deadlocked Cyprus talks

The U.N. chief remained determined to bring Cypriot leaders together despite acknowledging failure to surmount differences over how to restart formal talks.

ASEAN calls for end to Myanmar killings

Nine Southeast Asian nations demanded that the military in Myanmar — the tenth ASEAN member — should immediately cease all violence and killings.

Biden summit buoys climate treaty hopes

A two-day global climate summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden ended with leaders and companies pledging to decarbonize the world economy.

FIFA and UEFA rebuff breakaway league

World football’s governing body FIFA and Europe’s UEFA faced down their biggest challenge in decades from the proposed European Super League.

E.U. pitches new measures on ESG investing

The E.U. proposed new rules that would require publicly-listed and large private companies to report information on their environmental and social impacts.

China rejects call for U.N. probe in Xinjiang

China lashed out against Human Rights Watch’s report calling for a U.N.-led probe of alleged crimes against humanity targeting Uighurs in Xinjiang Province.

Thunberg calls vaccine inequity a ‘moral test’

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg joined WHO in calling on rich nations to stop hoarding vaccines and start accelerating the spread of shots worldwide.

Geneva ‘anticipator’ pushes science diplomacy

A new Swiss foundation unveiled sweeping plans that include establishing a global science court, an international organization and an international treaty.

Iran trumpets nuclear progress amid U.S. talks

After a week of U.S.-Iran proximity talks on the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran’s president announced Tehran is testing a centrifuge to speed uranium enrichment.

ICC hails reversal of Trump-era sanctions

The International Criminal Court hopes to ‘re-engage’ with the United States after it revoked former Trump administration sanctions and visa restrictions.

Primary forest loss up 12% despite pandemic

Old-growth tropical forest losses rose 12 percent in 2020 accelerated by commerce and climate-related factors, according to Global Forest Watch.

U.N. investigator takes charge at Amnesty

Amnesty International named Agnès Callamard as its new secretary general, tapping a veteran human rights investigator to lead a 60-year-old organization.

Delays foreseen with COVAX vaccine deliveries

International organizations acknowledged significant delays in delivering COVID-19 vaccines to poor nations due to pressure from India.

NATO ministers agree to climate strategy shift

Foreign ministers to NATO agreed to elevate the importance of global warming and other major environmental threats in military planning and strategy.

Turkey exits ‘human rights convention of women’

The Turkish president withdrew his nation from Europe’s first legally binding treaty on preventing violence against women and removed the central bank chief.

WMO cautions against seasonal easing on virus

The U.N. weather agency advised governments against relaxing COVID-19 restrictions based on assumptions the coronavirus will decline with warm weather.

America commits to rights overhaul in U.N. review

The U.S. accepted four-fifths of the almost 350 recommendations for improving its human rights record that other nations served up in a U.N. peer review.

U.N. handoff to Libya’s new unity government

The U.N.-backed administration in Libya transitioned to an interim government without a hitch in a process leading to nationwide elections in late December.

First WHO listing for one-shot COVID-19 vaccine

WHO approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, adding a fourth shot to the international arsenal of tools against the pandemic.

Pandemic hits anticipated halfway point

One year on, the pandemic has prompted one of the most remarkable scientific efforts — and brought into sharper focus many of the world’s inequities.