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Security Council further tightens Syria aid

Children displaced by war in Idlib, Syria (AN/Charles Lawley)

(AN) — The U.N. Security Council voted on Saturday to constrict cross-border humanitarian aid for Syrians living in areas still beyond Syrian President Bashar Assad’s control to just one Turkish crossing, bowing to demands by Russia which, along with Iran, is Assad’s main ally.

Trials continue for Srebrenica 25 years on

Grave stones in Potočari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia, where victims of the 1995 genocide were laid to rest (AN/Kathleen Franklin)

(AN) — Eight Bosnian men and boys killed 25 years ago in Europe’s worst atrocity since World War II were laid to rest on Saturday in a cemetary outside Srebrenica, a reminder that justice for genocide victims comes slowly, if at all.

Eight candidates in running for WTO chief

Slovenia's gift, "Equestrian statue," in William Rappard Park outside WTO headquarters in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Eight contenders from Britain, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and South Korea have until Sept. 7 to campaign for election as the World Trade Organization’s next director-general, officials announced on Friday.

WMO warns of 1.5 degree C. limit by 2024

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska (AN/Hillebrand/USFWS)

(AN) — A key threshold of the 2015 Paris Agreement that has for years been considered something of a “safe” temperature guardrail against the worst effects of global warming could be reached within five years, the World Meteorological Organization warned on Thursday.

Nations slam Trump’s move to leave WHO

The World Health Organization's flag flying above its Geneva headquarters (AN/Eric Bridiers)

(AN) — Nations and public health critics on Wednesday denounced the Trump administration’s announcement that it will leave the 194-nation World Health Organization next year as an irresponsible and wrong-headed move away from international cooperation.

Trump starts U.S. withdrawal from WHO

The U.S. president delivering remarks at a South Dakota fireworks rally (AN/Tia Dufour)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump gave notice to the United Nations on Tuesday that he was starting a formal withdrawal process from the World Health Organization, based on political grievances surrounding an accelerating coronavirus pandemic.

New evidence of Syrian war crimes found

A school for children displaced by war in Idlib, Syria (AN/Charles Lawley)

(AN) — U.N. human rights experts on Tuesday unveiled fresh evidence of Syrian war crimes and possible crimes against humanity involving people trapped in civilian areas of the opposition-held Idlib province since November.

Path steepens to 2030 anti-poverty goals

Roadside stands outside Uganda's capital Kampala (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The United Nations’ annual gathering on progress towards its 17 anti-poverty Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 opened on Tuesday with a massive challenge made incalculably more difficult by the coronavirus pandemic.

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