The World of International Organizations

International array captures the unseeable

The southern lights — aurora australis — over the South Pole Telescope (AN/Joshua Montgomery)

(AN) — In a sensational feat for science and international collaboration, a team of more than 200 researchers using a “virtual telescope” of observatories around the world for the first time managed to see and photograph what was previously unseeable: a supermassive black hole.

New shipping rules on e-data come online

Entrance to the International Maritime Organization in London (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The International Maritime Organization’s new rules on how nations exchange electronic data between ships and ports took effect this week, affecting more than 10 billion tons of goods per year traded by sea worldwide.

Court’s anti-genocide work is ‘unfinished’

Photos of victims from the Rwanda genocide at Kigali Memorial Center (AN/Kigali Memorial Center)

(AN) — The chief prosecutor for a United Nations tribunal emphasized on Rwanda’s 25th anniversary of its harrowing genocide that the work of bringing perpetrators to justice has not yet been completed.

U.S. strips visa from war crimes prosecutor

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (AN/Stephan Röhl)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration made good on its threat to block the International Criminal Court from investigating Americans, revoking a U.S. travel visa for the war crimes tribunal’s chief prosecutor.

NATO tensions surface at 70th anniversary

Officials gathered for NATO's 70th anniversary in Washington (AN/Estonian Foreign Ministry)

(AN) — NATO marked the start of its eight decade with gatherings that honored its achievements in keeping the former Soviet Union at bay and protecting former Warsaw Pact nations — but revealed modern strains over spending and strategies towards Russian and Chinese geopolitical ambitions.

Americans snub G-7 summit preparations

Brigitte Macron greets Melania Trump at Élysée Palace in November 2018 (AN/Andrea Hanks)

(AN) — Two key Cabinet members in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration steered clear of a Group of Seven preparatory meeting, compounding the injury caused by Trump at last year’s G-7 summit.

IPU decries hold on Venezuelan lawmakers

Qatar's Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, host of the IPU's 140th Assembly (AN/Matt Kieffer)

(AN) — An international organization of 178 parliaments condemned Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government for barring lawmakers from traveling to a global assembly.

IFRC gains entry to ease Venezuelan crisis

A food stand in Caracas during the 2008 global financial crisis when inflation reached almost 31 percent, an 11-year high; this year it is expected to reach 10 million percent (AN/Jaume Escofet)

(AN) — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Venezuela’s government and opposition will allow it to deliver emergency aid. The decision marks the first time President Nicolás Maduro’s government acknowledged the humanitarian crisis.

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