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Pandemic sets back development by decades

Along the road from Uganda's capital Kampala to Entebbe (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The pandemic halted decades of advances in fighting poverty and disease and reversed progress towards achieving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, according to a new report on Monday.

FAO seeks Asia-Pacific virus and hunger relief

A large farm growing a variety of crops in northern Vietnam's Hạ Long Bay region (AN/Dennis Jarvis)

(AN) — Delegates from 46 nations joined Tuesday’s opening of a virtual summit hosted by the Food and Agricultural Organization on how to help pandemic-battered farmers keep supplying food for tens of millions of people.

WHO chief hopes for 2-year limit to pandemic

A World Health Organization virtual news briefing on Friday (AN/U.N. Web TV)

(AN) — World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus offered a tentative timetable on Friday for ending the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years if nations can pull together in fighting it.

World surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases

A nearly empty commercial flight from the United States to Europe in April (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The world reached another staggering milestone on Tuesday, pushing past 20 million COVID-19 cases with 736,000 deaths — a doubling of 10 million cases in just over six weeks that shows the perils of reopening battered economies while the coronavirus spreads.

Groups find authorities prey on African migrants

Muslim students on a field trip in Uganda (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Government officials inflicted almost half of all the violence suffered by people risking grave dangers to transit through North Africa for a chance at news lives in Europe, the U.N. refugee agency and Danish Refugee Council reported on Wednesday.

Security Council further tightens Syria aid

Children displaced by war in Idlib, Syria (AN/Charles Lawley)

(AN) — The U.N. Security Council voted on Saturday to constrict cross-border humanitarian aid for Syrians living in areas still beyond Syrian President Bashar Assad’s control to just one Turkish crossing, bowing to demands by Russia which, along with Iran, is Assad’s main ally.

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.

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