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British envoy links gold to Venezuela’s fate

London's Palace of Westminster across the River Thames, home to Parliament (Arête News/John Heilprin)

Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations linked Venezuela’s gold holdings in the Bank of England to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s grip on power — and his possible undoing. Access to gold could help Maduro maintain his hold in the cash-poor, oil-rich nation.

Vatican pledges end to sex abuse cover-ups

Pope Francis at the Vatican's four-day summit on its global sexual abuse crisis (Arête News/Vatican Media)

An unprecedented Vatican four-day summit closed with a mass at which Pope Francis promised an “all-out battle” to prevent more sex abuse of children by pedophile priests and the bishops who cover up their crimes.

U.N. experts warn IS remains global threat

U.S. Army soldiers take cover in Mosul, Iraq (Arête News/Kieran Cuddihy)

U.N. counterterrorism experts reported that Islamic State militants remained a “covert” global threat, despite their recent losses and shifts in tactics.

U.N.: Saudis undermine Khashoggi inquiry

Protest outside London's Natural History Museum where the Saudis held a celebration (Arête News/John Lubbock)

The U.N. team investigating Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death said preliminary evidence shows it was a “premeditated killing” that was planned and carried out by Saudi officials, who then “undermined” Turkey’s efforts to determine what happened.

Trump severs nuclear arms control treaty

The U.S. Navy tests a Trident II missile (Arête News/U.S. Navy)

Risking a new arms race, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration announced it will withdraw the United States from a 1987 nuclear arms control treaty with Russia that led to the destruction of almost 2,700 missiles and their launchers.

U.N. opens inquiry into Khashoggi killing

U.N. special rapporteur Agnès Callamard (Arête News/U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office)

An international team led by the U.N.’s top expert on politically motivated murders will visit Turkey next week to begin investigating Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

EU and 47 nations revive e-commerce talks

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo talks at a Davos session (Arête News/World Economic Forum)

Plans to establish new global rules for electronic commerce through the World Trade Organization are on again for the European Union and 47 nations.

Merkel: ‘Misery’ without multilateralism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Davos (Arête News/World Economic Forum)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back at the rise of populist authoritarians, saying the world must keep a “clear commitment” to multilateralism.

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