The national sports complex in La Paz, Bolivia, where the nation's late football boss Carlos Chavez was caught up in the FIFA scandals (AN/Dennis Jarvis)
September 1, 2019
(AN) — An international treaty against match-fixing in sports competitions took force on Sunday, marking what proponents called significant progress in the fight against rigged gambling, bribery and other rampant corruption.
Lebanese teacher Nathalie Jaber helps a Syrian student at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan (AN/U.K. DFID)
August 30, 2019
(AN) — More than half of the world’s 7.1 million school-age refugee children fail to receive a basic education due to host nations’ lack of money, classrooms, teachers and other resources, the U.N. refugee agency reported on Friday.
Giraffes in the savanna of southern Africa (AN/Andréas L.P. Astier)
August 28, 2019
(AN) — Delegates to a 183-nation treaty for protecting endangered plants and animals ended a major summit on Wednesday after revising international trade rules for dozens of species ranging from African giraffes and elephants to mako sharks and Tokay geckos.
An old plastic mug floats in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Belize (AN/Heath Alseike)
August 22, 2019
(AN) — Tiny plastic particles are “everywhere” in nature, including drinking water, posing a problem that urgently requires further study despite no proof yet of a threat to human health, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
A photo illustration of Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency (AN/Christoph Scholz)
August 20, 2019
(AN) — The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into “potential anti-competitive behavior” related to Facebook’s Libra Association created to oversee its cryptocurrency project, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
A march for the environment and climate action in Melbourne, Australia (AN/John Englart)
August 16, 2019
(AN) — Two United Nations agencies teamed up on Friday by adopting a new agreement to increase protections around the world for environmental advocates and their families whose actions have put them at risk of retaliation and violence.
Indian Army troops in Pahalgam, among the Indian-administered portions of Jammu and Kashmi (AN/Bombman)
August 16, 2019
(AN) — The United Nations Security Council met to formally discuss Jammu and Kashmir on Friday for the first time in almost a half-century, signaling the intense stakes as protests and clashes with police intensified.
Winnie Byanyima, the new executive director of UNAIDS (AN/OXFAM International)
August 14, 2019
(AN) — Winnie Byanyima, a humanitarian activist who heads Oxfam International, was appointed on Wednesday to serve as executive director of the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS.
Some of the 13 telescopes already atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island (AN/Steve Cadman)
August 12, 2019
(AN) — A US$1.4 billion telescope project in Hawaii is looking at an alternative spot in Spain. Opponents fear Trump administration cuts to international aid. A nonproliferation official sees opportunity amid nuclear tensions.
Crops irrigated during drought-affected Nicaragua's dry season through use of special rain-fed reservoirs (AN/Neil Palmer)
August 9, 2019
(AN) — The World Food Program announced plans on Friday to almost quadruple the number of people it aids in four drought-affected nations of Central America, hoping to ease migration pressures among hungry inhabitants.