ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi of Brunei and other leaders of the 37th ASEAN Summit (AN/ASEAN)
November 15, 2020
(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.
A heavily polluted portion of the Tietê River in São Paulo, Brazil (AN/Diego Torres Silvestre)
October 29, 2020
(AN) — Pandemics will become more frequent, faster spreading and deadlier than COVID-19 if people do not restore Earth’s natural life support systems, the 132-nation IPBES organization reported on Thursday.
WTO director-general candidates Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea (AN/WTO)
October 19, 2020
(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.
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)
October 6, 2020
(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. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press briefing in Washington earlier this week (AN/Ron Przysucha)
September 21, 2020
(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.
A display at a U.S. Senate hearing in 2019 to mark the 1-year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder (AN/POMED)
September 7, 2020
(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.
Hot air ballooning in Turkey's Cappadocia region (AN/Feridun F. Alkaya)
August 25, 2020
(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.
An officer with the U.K.'s National Crime Agency triages a seized computer for evidence of criminal activity (AN/NCA)
August 6, 2020
(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.
An instructional sign in Zermatt, Switzerland (AN/John Heilprin)
July 27, 2020
(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.
A young man prepares roasted maize atop a World Food Program carton in Yemen (AN/H. Veit)
July 13, 2020
(AN) — Despite the United Nations-led push to relieve global poverty and hunger, the number of people not getting enough nutrition rose by 60 million since 2014 — and the COVID-19 pandemic may add up to 132 million more to their ranks this year.