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U.S.-Russia nuclear weapons talks restart

Inside the U.S. Titan Missile Museum in Arizona (AN/Aaron Headly)

(AN) — The United States and Russia resumed nuclear disarmament talks on Monday in Vienna after more than a year, despite the unknown effects of China’s non-participation and a looming U.S. presidential election.

U.S.-China feud dominates WHO assembly

The opening of last year's World Health Assembly in pre-pandemic times (AN/Eric Bridiers)

(AN) — Under fire from the United States, the World Health Organization’s top governing body unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday calling for an independent review of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

U.N. finds abuses with some lockdowns

Residents lined up for COVID-19 relief services in Sohra, India (AN/Ramakrishna Math and Mission)

(AN) — The U.N. human rights chief warned on Monday of reports that some governments are abusing emergency powers to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by resorting to police brutality and other heavy-handed tactics.

U.N. urges ceasefire as cases near 400,000

U.S. soldiers check motorists at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site in New York on March 18, 2020 (AN/Sean Madden)

(AN) — U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire on Monday to help vanquish the COVID-19 pandemic, imploring warring parties to disarm and fight the virus as a “common enemy.”

Treaty talks to save more migratory species

Sandhill cranes and snow geese in sunrise light at Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado (AN/Patrick Myers)

(AN) — Delegates from 111 nations gathered in western India on Monday for a U.N. conference to protect migratory species and their habitats at a time when human actions are forcing Earth’s natural life support systems to a breaking point.

Libya clashes resume despite interventions

Dutch trade minister Sigrid Kaag tours Tripoli, Libya in 2018 (AN/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

(AN) — Renewed fighting ended a fragile ceasefire in Libya as U.N. officials cited arms embargo violations and urged warring parties on Monday to investigate the deadly airstrikes that killed at least 53 people last July.

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