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Emergency aid needs rising: UN

The United Nations (UN) said Tuesday that $35 billion would be needed for aid in 2021, as the pandemic leaves tens of millions more people in crisis, and with the risk of multiple famines looming.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/1 17:13:41

WHO warns global efforts to tackle malaria flatlining

Deaths from malaria due to disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic to services designed to tackle the mosquito-borne disease will far exceed those killed by COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, the WHO warned on Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/30 18:48:40

UN experts sound alarm over AI-enhanced racial profiling, citing CERD

Countries must do more to combat racial profiling, UN rights experts said Thursday, warning that artificial intelligence programs like facial recognition and predictive policing risked reinforcing the harmful practice.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/29 18:18:40

Pope appoints 1st African-American cardinal with new 'princes of the Church'

Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals on Saturday – including the first African-American – putting his personal stamp on the body that will one day choose his successor.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/29 16:48:41

Virus kills 400,000 in Europe

Coronavirus deaths topped 400,000 Saturday in Europe, the world's second worst-hit region, as parts of the continent began to reopen shops for the holiday season.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/29 16:43:40

Bitcoiners who sold early express relief, regret

Arianna O'Dell, a 30-year-old entrepreneur and songwriter based in New York City, had a tumultuous four-year journey in cryptocurrency before selling her investments in February.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/26 19:28:41

One child or youth under 20 infected with HIV every 100 seconds: UNICEF

Approximately once every minute and 40 seconds, a child or young person under the age of 20 was infected with HIV last year, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/26 13:58:21

Global COVID-19 cases top 60 million: Johns Hopkins University

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide surpassed 60 million on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US recorded more than 12 million confirmed infections, the largest in the world.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/26 2:13:43

World renews Afghanistan aid with cease-fire call and peace conditions

Donors demanded an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan on Tuesday as they pledged around $12 billion in aid over four years - but tied their money to civil rights being upheld in peace talks with the Taliban.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/25 19:28:40

Land inequality widens gender, climate change gaps: study

Land inequality is growing worldwide, threatening the livelihoods of 2.5 billion people who directly rely on farming and widening disparities in gender, health and climate-change impacts, researchers warned on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/25 19:08:40

Qatar airport police officers charged over invasive searches of women

Qatar's public prosecutor has filed criminal charges against an unspecified number of police officers working at Qatar's Hamad airport after women said they were invasively searched there in October.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/24 18:08:40

'Feminist' mayors vow all-out drive against gender inequality in pandemic

Cities must move to the frontline of efforts to fight gender inequality that has grown worse in the coronavirus pandemic, said six mayors from three continents on Monday as they joined forces in a new network to advance women's rights.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/24 17:58:40

Nearly 2b COVID-19 doses to head to developing nations

Nearly 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be shipped and flown to developing countries in 2021 in a "mammoth operation," the UN children's agency UNICEF said on Monday, as world leaders vowed to ensure the fair distribution of vaccines.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/23 18:03:41

G20 leaders said in a communique they will commit to addressing "immediate financing needs" of a COVID-19 vaccine rollout

G20 leaders said in a communique they will commit to addressing "immediate financing needs" of a COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/23 0:21:21

G20 leaders seek to help poorest nations in post-virus era

Leaders of the 20 biggest economies on Saturday vowed to ensure a fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, drugs and tests around the world and do what was needed to support poorer countries struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/22 19:03:40

Singapore's PM calls for affordable access to vaccines, better global disease surveillance networks at G20 summit

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has put forward two suggestions on what G20 countries could do together at the G20 summit on Saturday, the Straits Times report on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/22 9:37:24

UN chief says global coalition for net zero emissions by 2050 taking shape

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that a global coalition for net zero emissions by 2050 is taking shape, while calling for more action on the climatic front.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/21 9:41:02

WHO warns against remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment

The antiviral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat COVID-19 patients no matter how ill they are as there is no evidence it works, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/20 14:19:51