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E.U. raises $8 billion for world virus effort

European Council President Charles Michel of Belgium speaks at the Coronavirus Global Response pledging conference on May 4, 2020 (Arête News/European Union)

World leaders joined forces for the launch of a European Union-led global pledging “marathon” on Monday that delivered promises of $8 billion for research into COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and medical treatments.

Global energy demand and CO2 plummet

Oil, gas and wind turbines at the U.K.'s Great Yarmouth Outer Harbor port (Arête News/Fernando Butcher)

Global carbon emissions are on track to decline by almost 8 percent this year from the COVID-19 pandemic causing the biggest downturn in energy use since World War II, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday.

Coalition offers schools reopening advice

A sign of hope in the Swiss capital this week (Arête News/John Heilprin)

Humanitarian organizations offered educational guidelines on Thursday meant to help 1.5 billion students worldwide who face “an unprecedented risk” if the COVID-19 pandemic forces schools to remain closed much longer.

U.N. expert: Myanmar atrocities continue

Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee settlement, where 850,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar live near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh (Arête News/Russell Watkins)

A U.N. human rights investigator urged the world body on Wednesday to “step up its efforts” to protect ethnic and religious minorities from the Myanmar military’s continuing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Global COVID-19 cases exceed 3 million

Social messaging by the Broadway Theater in Mount Pleasant, Michigan (Arête News/Dan Gaken)

Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 passed the 3 million mark on Monday as New Zealand, several European nations and a few U.S. states took steps to emerge from prolonged lockdowns aimed at slowing transmissions.

WHO aid is latest U.S.-China battleground

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Arête News/Michel Temer)

China raised its donations for World Health Organization efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic to $50 million on Thursday, just a week after U.S. President Donald Trump halted U.S. funding to the U.N. health agency.

U.N. resolution calls for global virus effort

The U.N. General Assembly in New York (Arête News/John Heilprin)

The United Nations General Assembly urged all nations on Monday to quickly join forces in ensuring that everyone will have access to medical supplies, drugs, future vaccines and testing to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global COVID-19 cases soar past 2 million

A pandemic-related church sign in the Washington region on April 4, 2020 (Arête News/John Heilprin)

It took more than three months for global coronavirus infections to surpass the 1 million mark along with 52,000 deaths, and just over two weeks more for the pandemic to add another 1 million confirmed cases and 84,000 deaths.

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