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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 usual global stage for diplomacy into a ghost village of video conferences and pre-recorded speeches.

U.S. unilaterally restores U.N. sanctions on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press briefing in Washington earlier this week (AN/Ron Przysucha)

(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.

New UNGA chief warns nationalism fuels pandemic

Bronze monumental sculpture “Sphere Within Sphere” at the U.N. headquarters in New York (AN/Abir Anwar)

(AN) — Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir, on his first day as president of the United Nations General Assembly, cautioned on Tuesday against unilateralism in taking on the coronavirus pandemic, and called for more global cooperation to develop and distribute vaccines.

WTO sides with China in Trump’s trade war

U.S. President Donald Trump waves while boarding Air Force One en route back to Washington (AN/Shealah Craighead)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration violated international trade rules by unfairly slapping USD$234 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods without justification two years ago, a World Trade Organization panel ruled on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia sentences 8 in Khashoggi murder

A display at a U.S. Senate hearing in 2019 to mark the 1-year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder (AN/POMED)

(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.

E.U. and ICC condemn Trump’s sanctions

Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor (AN/U.K. FCDO)

(AN) — The European Union on Thursday demanded that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration rescind its retaliatory economic sanctions on the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor and a top aide.

Trump shuns multilateral vaccine effort

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House on Monday (AN/Tia Dufour)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration announced on Tuesday it will steer clear of a multilateral effort to accelerate COVID-19 vaccines and guarantee all nations have fair and equitable access.

IAEA chief negotiates nuclear access with Iran

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi heads to a meeting in Vienna this month with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AN/Dean Calma)

(AN) — Amid rising tensions on the U.N. Security Council over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran announced on Wednesday that Iran will allow inspectors to examine two nuclear sites.

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