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America commits to rights overhaul in U.N. review

U.S. National Guard soldiers deploy last May during protests and rioting in Raleigh, North Carolina (AN/Hannah Tarkelly)

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

Libya's Red Castle once defended Tripoli in the Byzantine era (AN/Ziad Fhema)

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

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (AN/Sebastian Rothwyn)

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

In China's Sichuan province, staff on each street register temperature checks (AN/Cheng Feng)

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.

U.N. calls on Myanmar military to show ‘restraint’

Protesters in Myanmar raise a three-fingered salute in solidarity and resistance against the military coup (AN/Mizzima TV)

The U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to condemn violence against Myanmar protesters and called on its military to exercise the ‘utmost restraint.’

U.N. study shows ‘horrifying’ violence against women

Scene from an event in Bonn, Germany last November for the U.N. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (AN/Mika Baumeister)

About 30 percent of all women worldwide have been subjected to physical or sexual violence at least once during their lives, U.N. agencies found in a survey.

Food waste could circle Earth sevenfold

Gulls flock on a garbage truck in Dorset, U.K., collecting food waste to convert to biogas and fertilizer (AN/Andrew Bone)

While one-in-10 people on the planet suffers chronic hunger, the world wastes about 17 percent of all the food that is produced each year, UNEP reported.

Myanmar’s U.N. envoy defies ouster

Myanmar's U.N. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun at an OPCW conference in 2019 (AN/OPCW)

A week after his nation’s military tried to remove him, Myanmar’s U.N. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun remained in his post, the chief U.N. spokesman said.

Central banks lean into era of big data

The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany (AN/Dinu Dominic Manns)

Machine learning applications that use big data are increasingly helping central banks to conduct research and make decisions, according to a new BIS paper.

UNICEF sounds alarm over global school closures

A new UNICEF report calls empty pandemic classrooms a "catastrophic education emergency" (AN/MChe Lee)

The pandemic has kept 168 million children from attending schools and for many of them the consequences could be disastrous, UNICEF reported.