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Global coronavirus cases exceed 9 million

A cleaner at a deserted train station in York, U.K. on a morning in mid-May (AN/Simon Jowett)

(AN) — Cases of COVID-19 surged past 9 million killing 470,000 people as of Monday — an increase of 1 million infections in six days — led by huge numbers in the United States and Brazil, along with Russia, India and Britain.

U.S. derides U.N. effort to counter racism

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a State Department press briefing in March (AN/Ronny Przysucha)

(AN) — The top American diplomat on Saturday rebuked the U.N. Human Rights Council as “a haven for dictators and the democracies that indulge them” a day after it commissioned a report on racism and police brutality.

WHO warns pandemic keeps ‘accelerating’

WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the World Health Assembly in May (AN/WHO/Christopher Black)

(AN) — As infection rates continue to rise the world faces “a new and dangerous phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic that requires more vigilance and restraint while easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Nations authorize ‘systemic racism’ report

Youth-led U.S. demonstrators at Baltimore, Md., raise hands for racial justice in George Floyd's killing (AN/Elvert Barnes)

(AN) — The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a resolution on Friday calling for a report on systemic racism and police brutality against Black people in the wake of protests over George Floyd’s killing by police.

Kenya wins race for fifth new UNSC seat

A high-level U.N. Security Council meeting in 2018 (AN/Shealah Craighead)

(AN) — Kenya won election to the 15-nation United Nations Security Council on Thursday, joining with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway in gaining a non-permanent seat on the most powerful arm of the world body.

Coronavirus infections climb past 8 million

A masked U.S. passenger rides the Metro in the nation's capital (AN/Elvert Barnes)

(AN) — The global tally of COVID-19 cases surpassed 8 million accompanied by 437,000 deaths on Tuesday, as new cases surged to about 100,000 a day led by infections mostly in the Americas and South Asia.

Racism debate slated for U.N. rights panel

A street painting seen in San Francisco on Friday (AN/Christopher Michel)

(AN) — Prompted by U.S. and global unrest over the killing of George Floyd, the United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Monday to an African Union request for an urgent debate on systemic racism and police brutality.

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