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Global coronavirus cases surpass 40 million

A COVID-19 street scene in Argentina, where cases have risen fast after an easing of restrictions (AN/Ricardo Huñis)

(AN) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide topped 40 million with 1.1 million deaths on Monday, as a second wave of the coronavirus hits European nations that had contained its spread earlier this year.

Experts urge G-20 to outdo debt suspensions

Virtual meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors (AN/G-20 Saudi Arabia)

(AN) — Humanitarian and economic leaders cautioned on Thursday that a move by the world’s richest countries to give the poorest ones more time to pay off their debts will not be enough to alleviate massive suffering.

IMF sees global economy shrinking 4.4% in 2020

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks on the global economy (AN/IMF)

(AN) — The pandemic-hit global economy is expected to contract by as much as 4.4 percent this year in the worst yearly drop since the 1930s-era Great Depression, the International Monetary Fund forecast on Tuesday.

WFP wins Nobel Prize to focus world on hunger

World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley celebrates the Nobel Prize win with staff in Niger (AN/WFP)

(AN) — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Program on Friday for its front-line efforts to alleviate hunger amid the pandemic and to send a message that greater international cooperation is needed.

Report finds pandemic erodes 80 democracies

A U.S. protestor speaks with a line of police officers during the George Floyd protests in Seattle, Wash. in late May (AN/Derek Simeone)

(AN) — Democracy and human rights deteriorated in 40 percent of the world’s nations from rising authoritarianism and inequalities in health systems during the coronavirus pandemic, Freedom House reported on Friday.

Mixed progress cited with 1995 gender goals

International Women's Day March in Los Angeles in March 2017 (AN/Molly Adams)

(AN) — Leaders at a high-level United Nations meeting on Thursday lamented the world’s slow progress over the past quarter-century since adopting a landmark agreement in Beijing for advancing the rights of women and girls.

UNGA converts into global stage of virtual diplomacy

Security Council and General Assembly chambers at U.N. headquarters in New York (AN/Bud Ellison)

(AN) — The United Nations General Assembly opened its first virtual meeting of world leaders and government officials on Tuesday, forced by the coronavirus pandemic to convert its global stage for diplomacy into a ghost village of video conferences and pre-recorded speeches.

Coronavirus cases top 30 million worldwide

Two men in Macao wearing face masks against the coronavirus (AN/Macao Photo Agency)

(AN) — Global coronavirus cases surged past 30 million with 944,000 deaths on Thursday, a grim milestone showing four nations — the United States, India, Brazil and Russia — account for about half of the pandemic.

E.U. vision unveiled in von der Leyen’s address

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, delivers her 2020 State of the Union address to the European Parliament (AN/Etienne Ansotte)

(AN) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered an inaugurual State of the European Union speech on Wednesday that emphasized her vision for health and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and for battling climate change.

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