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Trump starts U.S. withdrawal from WHO

The U.S. president delivering remarks at a South Dakota fireworks rally (AN/Tia Dufour)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump delivered notice to the United Nations on Tuesday triggering a 1-year withdrawal process from the World Health Organization due to political grievances surrounding an accelerating coronavirus pandemic.

Updated WHO timeline flags controversy

U.S. sailor Joyce Sim treats a patient aboard a hospital ship supporting the nation's COVID-19 response effort (AN/Ryan Breeden)

(AN) — A day after the world surged past 10 million COVID-19 cases and 500,000 deaths, the World Health Organization quietly updated its pandemic timeline to reflect that China did not directly notify global authorities of the first “viral pneumonia” cases in Wuhan.

Elders rally resistance to Israeli annexation

View from the Palestinian city of Jericho in the occupied West Bank (AN/Kevin Dooley)

(AN) — An independent group of global leaders appealed to European leaders on Friday to “stand firm” against Israel’s threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, saying such a move would increase the risks of violence and undermine global respect for the rule of law.

At 75, U.N. Charter remains a ‘touchstone’

A memorial in Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt and her role in establishing the United Nations (AN/Paul Simpson)

(AN) — The Charter of the United Nations, the landmark treaty signed 75 years ago on Friday at the end of the U.N. Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, remains a global “touchstone” as relevant as ever.

Kosovo leader faces war crimes indictment

Kosovo's president, Hashim Thaçi, at a U.S. ceremony in 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery (AN/Elizabeth Fraser)

(AN) — Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaçi, and nine other former separatists were indicted on war crimes charges on Wednesday, three days before talks in Washington with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić.

Nations defend ICC against U.S. sanctions

The International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands (AN/Greger Ravik)

The world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal won strong support on Tuesday from 67 nations opposed to U.S. President Donald Trump’s sanctions against court staff to block investigation of alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

U.S. derides U.N. effort to counter racism

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a State Department press briefing in March (AN/Ronny Przysucha)

(AN) — The top American diplomat on Saturday rebuked the U.N. Human Rights Council as “a haven for dictators and the democracies that indulge them” a day after it commissioned a report on racism and police brutality.

Kenya wins race for fifth new UNSC seat

A high-level U.N. Security Council meeting in 2018 (AN/Shealah Craighead)

(AN) — Kenya won election to the 15-nation United Nations Security Council on Thursday, joining with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway in gaining a non-permanent seat on the most powerful arm of the world body.

U.N. cancels usual summit of world leaders

The U.N. General Assembly's main chamber in New York (AN/Ron Cogswell)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations will not summon world leaders to its annual gathering for the first time in its 75-year history, U.N. General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande announced on Monday.

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