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Asia-Pacific nations sign world’s biggest trade pact

ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi of Brunei and other leaders of the 37th ASEAN Summit (AN/ASEAN)

(AN) — Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations including China signed a pact on Sunday to promote regional stability by creating the world’s biggest trading alliance, covering 30 percent of global GDP and a market of 2.2 billion people.

WTO to be led by woman from Nigeria or S. Korea

WTO director-general candidates Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea (AN/WTO)

(AN) — The final phase in a high-stakes race for World Trade Organization director-general began on Monday with delegates from 164 nations weighing two highly qualified candidates from Nigeria and South Korea for the top post. One will become the first woman to lead WTO. Both have a history of shattering glass ceilings.

Trump pushes New START before election

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation shake hands at Helsinki, Finland in July 2018 (AN/Shealah Craighead)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to be pushing for a foreign policy win before Election Day, as his special envoy for arms control declared on Tuesday “important progress” was made towards renewing a nuclear arms control deal with Russia.

U.S. unilaterally restores U.N. sanctions on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press briefing in Washington earlier this week (AN/Ron Przysucha)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration followed through on its threat to unilaterally restore sanctions against Iran on Monday, defying widespread international criticism that the action is illegal.

Saudi Arabia sentences 8 in Khashoggi murder

A display at a U.S. Senate hearing in 2019 to mark the 1-year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder (AN/POMED)

(AN) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced eight people to prison for their roles in the 2018 orchestrated killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi government-run Al Ekhbariya TV reported on Monday.

Rebuilding tourism industry a U.N. priority

Hot air ballooning in Turkey's Cappadocia region (AN/Feridun F. Alkaya)

(AN) — The coronavirus pandemic could eliminate 40 percent of global tourism’s 300 million jobs — one of every 10 worldwide — and trillions of dollars essential to developing economies, the U.N. chief said on Tuesday.

Cybercrime and terrorism profit off pandemic

An officer with the U.K.'s National Crime Agency triages a seized computer for evidence of criminal activity (AN/NCA)

(AN) — The COVID-19 pandemic is being exploited to radicalize would-be terrorists and to target vulnerable computer networks used by hospitals and healthcare systems around the world, the U.N. counterterrorism chief said on Thursday.

COVID-19 ‘most severe’ health emergency

An instructional sign in Zermatt, Switzerland (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The coronavirus pandemic is by far the worst global public health emergency declared under a 13-year-old international law for deadly disease outbreaks, World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

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