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New evidence of Syrian war crimes found

A school for children displaced by war in Idlib, Syria (AN/Charles Lawley)

(AN) — U.N. human rights experts on Tuesday unveiled fresh evidence of Syrian war crimes and possible crimes against humanity involving people trapped in civilian areas of the opposition-held Idlib province since November.

Security Council backs COVID-19 ceasefire

The U.N. Security Council's virtual meeting calling for a global ceasefire (AN/U.N. Web TV)

(AN) — The U.N. Security Council overcame U.S. resistance to unanimously approve a resolution on Wednesday calling for immediate ceasefires worldwide so that everyone can focus their efforts on ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donors pledge €6.9 billion to help Syrians

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at an online pledging conference for Syria (AN/E.U.)

(AN) — Governments and organizations pledged €6.9 billion at a conference on Tuesday to provide humanitarian aid for people displaced inside war-ravaged Syria and for refugees who fled for safety to neighboring countries.

WHO warns pandemic keeps ‘accelerating’

WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the World Health Assembly in May (AN/WHO/Christopher Black)

(AN) — As infection rates continue to rise the world faces “a new and dangerous phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic that requires more vigilance and restraint while easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Coronavirus infections climb past 8 million

A masked U.S. passenger rides the Metro in the nation's capital (AN/Elvert Barnes)

(AN) — The global tally of COVID-19 cases surpassed 8 million accompanied by 437,000 deaths on Tuesday, as new cases surged to about 100,000 a day led by infections mostly in the Americas and South Asia.

Coronavirus cases globally exceed 7 million

A U.S. medical technician pauses between patients at a COVID-19 testing site in Holmdel, N.J. (AN/Matt Hecht)

(AN) — The global tally for coronavirus cases rose to more than 7 million with 403,000 deaths as of Monday, including 45 percent of the cases in just the United States, Brazil and Russia as those nations seek to ease lockdowns.

Global coronavirus cases top 6 million

A hand washing station in downtown Minneapolis (AN/Chad Davis)

(AN) —Cases of COVID-19 surpassed 6 million worldwide on Sunday accompanied by 367,000 deaths including an increasing toll in Latin America, according to Johns Hopkins University and Google data trackers.

ILO warns of high job losses among youth

Young workers wheeling goods through Cairo's streets (AN/Francisco Anzola)

(AN) — At least one of every six young workers has been idled during the COVID-19 pandemic and their long-term unemployment could create a “lockdown generation,” the U.N. labor agency warned on Wednesday.

E.U. leaders pitch huge recovery package

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (AN/CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2020 – Source: EP)

(AN) — European Union leaders unveiled a €750 billion coronavirus recovery plan on Wednesday that would help its continental members navigate the prospect of its deepest recession in more than a quarter-century.

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