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Coronavirus: 40% jump in new cases in Switzerland this week — 31 July 2020

The Risk That Students Could Arrive at School With the Coronavirus: large parts of the U.S. would likely see infected students if classrooms opened now. — 31 July 2020

The pandemic has been very good business for Apple — 31 July 2020

US economy shrinks record 33% in second quarter due to Covid-19 crisis, and unemployement reaches 14.7% — 30 July 2020

Coronavirus leads to record drop in German GDP but unemployment holds steady — 30 July 2020

At least 49,369 U.S. meatpacking, food processing and farmworkers have contracted Covid-19 since March 2020 — 30 July 2020

Coronavirus: Samsung profits soar on work from home demand — 30 July 2020

Do the drugs being used to treat COVID-19 really work? Euronews debunks the myths — 29 July 2020

Thailand ranks #1 globally for its handling of coronavirus. What about the rest of SEA? — 28 July 2020

Covid-19 has affected mental health of 40% of teenagers — 28 July 2020

COVID-19: These countries are most at risk from falling tourism: Mexico and Spain at top — 27 July 2020

COVID has Caused the Longest and Deepest Cuts in Human Noise on Record: reduced by up to 50% — 27 July 2020

COVID-19 has killed more people in the U.S. than the rebels did during the Civil War — 27 July 2020

Update: Do Not Use These 77 Liquid Hand Sanitizer Products, According to the Food and Drug Administration of the United States — 27 July 2020

You're most likely to catch COVID-19 from these activities — 26 July 2020

North Korea declares state of emergency as Covid-19 case reported — 26 July 2020

Scientists finally figured out what makes the coronavirus so dangerous: pathogen camouflages itself against immune response — 25 July 2020

Vietnam bans wildlife imports, markets amid new health fears — 25 July 2020

Coronavirus latest: Global infections top 15 million, a quarter in the U.S. — 23 July 2020

U.S. records over 1,100 new coronavirus deaths for a second day in a row — 23 July 2020

Nigerian aid workers rushed to help people during the pandemic. They were executed on video. — 23 July 2020

Deserted beaches, empty bars: Covid-19 devastates Thailand's tourist islands — 23 July 2020

10 activities that can spread the coronavirus, ranked: flying is No 1 — 22 July 2020

Coronavirus prevalence in Geneva: "We estimated that for every reported confirmed case, there were 11·6 infections in the community." — 22 July 2020 posting from 11 June 2020

ITC: Redesign global supply chains post Covid lockdowns — 21 July 2020

Yelp says more than half of surveyed U.S. restaurants that temporarily closed are now permanently shuttered — 22 July 2020

Global coronavirus cases exceed 15 million: Reuters tally — 22 July 2020

CDC Study: Coronavirus Infection Numbers May Be up to 24 Times Higher Than Reported but nowhere near what would be needed for herd immunity. — 22 July 2020

AP Exclusive: Aid from top donors drops even as need soars — 22 July 2020

Thailand to extend emergency decree until end of August: official — 22 July 2020

MIT engineers designed an affordable, reusable face mask that's as effective as an N95 — 21 July 2020

EU leaders seal deal on spending and €750bn Covid-19 recovery plans — 21 July 2020

U.K. researchers think they know which coronavirus symptoms lead to severe respiratory complications — 20 July 2020

Coronavirus: WHO reports record single-day global increase in cases, and first time over quarter million — 19 July 2020

UN's Antonio Guterres: As coronavirus rages, developed countries have 'failed' to help nations in need, Fox News — 17 July 2020

What to know about the Russia-linked hackers accused of stealing COVID vaccine data — 16 July 2020

Brazil coronavirus cases jump from 1 to 2 million in 27 days — 16 July 2020

Thai mystery: why are infection rates so low? — 16 July 2020

Race to avert COVID-19 has caused catastrophes in Afghanistan — 14 July 2020

Hong Kong to impose most severe social distancing restrictions — 14 July 2020

Coronavirus: How did Florida get so badly hit by Covid-19? — 14 July 2020

Millions in U.S. Have Lost Health Insurance in Pandemic-Driven Recession — 14 July 2020

Eight in 10 people living alone with dementia in U.K. completely isolated since March — 13 July 2020

Virus sends Singapore into recession as GDP plummets 41 per cent in second quarter — 12 July 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak at U.S. Bases in Okinawa Roils an Uneasy Relationship — 12 July 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece : : The Continuing Battle for Okinawa (LINK)

UV Mask is the world's first antiviral face mask with an active UV-C sterilization for 99.99% clean air — 12 July 2020

Sudan allows non-Muslims to drink alcohol and bans female genital mutilation — 12 July 2020

Some U.S. airlines are blocking middle seats — 11 July 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece : : SWISS Air still refusing to social distance on flights (LINK)

Covid 19 coronavirus: Mutant strain 'six times' more infectious, scientists say — 11 July 2020

CNN's latest on COVID-19 symptoms and what to do — 10 July 2020

More evidence emerges that BCG vaccine might help fight coronavirus — 10 July 2020

Coronavirus toll in U.S. hits 3 million + map — 9 July 2020

Independent evaluation of global COVID-19 response announced — 9 July 2020

How good are masks? — 9 July 2020

Vaud and Jura extend compulsory mask-wearing to shops — 9 July 2020

Latest questions and answers on entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas — 9 July 2020

Millions of Americans are going hungry as the pandemic erodes incomes and destroys communities — 8 July 2020

Covid-19 brain: How the virus can wreak havoc on the nervous system: first study of symptoms — 8 July 2020

How Long Does Coronavirus Last? — 8 July 2020

U.S. May Be Headed for a 'Full-Blown' COVID-19 Outbreak — 8 July 2020

CDC Expands List of Those With Higher COVID-19 Risks: What to Know — 7 July 2020

'A Shameful Moment': Trump Announces Formal Withdrawal From WHO as Covid-19 Cases Climb: Common Dreams — 7 July 2020

Global leaders address ILO Virtual Global Summit on COVID-19
and the World of Work
— 7-9 July 2020

Half of infections come from people with no symptoms, and one-third of silent infections must be isolated to reduce infection rate to less than 1 — 8 July 2020

US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization — 7 July 2020

India Overtakes Russia to Reach 3rd Spot on Coronavirus Worst-hit List as Many States Report Highest Daily Spike — 5 July 2020

FDA warns of 5 more hand sanitizers to avoid, growing list to 14 — 6 July 2020

WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine, HIV Drugs in COVID Trials
After Failure to Reduce Death
— 6 July 2020

Immunity to the coronavirus is 'fragile' and 'short-lived', immunologist warns — 6 July 2020

China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus — 6 July 2020

Thailand lets in some foreigners, opens schools — 6 July 2020

One fifth of German firms fear for their survival amid pandemic — 6 July 2020

Australia to close an internal border for first time
after record Victoria COVID-19 outbreak
— 6 July 2020

India puts back Taj Mahal reopening (without date) citing COVID-19 risks — 6 July 2020

Chile announces new $1.5 billion stimulus for middle class as pandemic rages — 6 July 2020

Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne in small particles, ask WHO to revise recommendations — 5 July 2020

I flew on the 4 biggest US airlines during the pandemic to see which is handling it best, and found one blew the rest out of the water — 5 July 2020

New Research Has Identified the Most (and Least)
Effective Face Masks for Coronavirus
— 5 July 2020

The SwissCovid app has recorded over half a million downloads — 5 July 2020

Thousands of cruise ship staff still adrift after 110 days and counting — 4 July 2020

The Sudden COVID Death of Burundi's Strongman Ruler, Pierre Nkurunziza — and What Comes Next — 2 July 2020

London Review 8,600-word article by James Meek on World Health Organization — 2 July 2020

UN enlists 10,000 digital volunteers to fight COVID-19 misinformation — 2 July 2020

Coronavirus infections rising in 40 of 50 U.S. states — 2 July 2020

Family of Man Who Died of Coronavirus Hit With $1 Million Hospital Bill — 2 July 2020

The Week America Lost Control of the Pandemic — The Atlantic — 2 July 2020

Reliance on Social Media News
Amplifies COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories, Report Finds
— 1 July 2020

Global Tourism Sector set to lose at least $1.2 trillion due to Coronavirus, UNCTAD says — 1 July 2020

Philippines extends lockdown to 15 July in central city of Cebu — 1 July 2020

Non-COVID-related news

Eurozone GDP drops 12.1% in record pandemic plunge — 31 July 2020

Zimbabwe compensates white farmers with billions — 31 July 2020

Full Fact scores four newspaper corrections in U.K. — 31 July 2020

The European Union imposed its first-ever sanctions for cyberattacks on Thursday, targeting Russian, Chinese, and North Korean groups connected to several major hacking incidents — 30 July 2020

German special forces company dissolved due to far-right concerns — 30 July 2020

Use of plastic bags in England drops by 95% since 2015 5p charge — 30 July 2020

How international organizations die — 30 July 2020

Earlier

Record 212 Environmental Activists Were Killed Last Year — 28 July 2020

A protest against one racial inequity — tree deserts — 27 July 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: How to make our cities more livable (LINK)

International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem — 26 July 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: Mangroves: a tool for climate change – and more (LINK)

Fact check: Hurricane Hanna Did Not Knock Down Trump's Border Wall: The video does show heavy winds knocking down a section of border wall being built under the administration of President Donald Trump, but it was not taken as Hurricane Hanna passed over Texas — 26 July 2020

State of Food insecurity and Nutrition Report: Africa worst-hit in %, and in Southern and West Africa it may almost double by 2030 — 26 July 2020

CNS/INTYNEWS: UN Human Rights Council Extends Nebulous 'Int'l Solidarity' Focus; Cost: $448,000 a Year — 25 July 2020

Pamela Coke-Hamilton of Jamaica new Executive Director, International Trade Centre — 24 July 2020

First-ever IUCN Global Standard with benchmarks to boost impact of nature-based solutions to world's challenges — 23 July 2020

What is the future of the UN in the age of impunity? — 23 July 2020

What kills international organisations? When and why international organisations terminate: external events (paywall) — 22 July 2020

UN Shelters 6,000 People Escaping New Violence in South Sudan — 23 July 2020

Thailand's school haircut controversy reflects authoritarian attitudes — 23 July 2020

Ukraine: Government and rebels reach new ceasefire deal — 23 July 2020

Researchers find earliest confirmed case of smallpox in bones of people from Denmark to Russia around Viking era — 23 July 2020

Air strikes in Afghanistan kill 45 civilians and Taliban fighters — 22 July 2020

Hundreds of Millions Flow From Russian Ministry Into An Obscure Geneva Organization — And Officials' Pockets — 22 July 2020

Twitter bans 7,000 QAnon accounts, limits 150,000 others as part of broad crackdown — 22 July 2020

Greenland voters want to keep coloniser's vandalised statue — 22 July 2020

Bayer loses California appeal of Roundup cancer verdict but damages much reduced — 21 July 2020

UBS posts 11% fall in second-quarter profit as it warns of continued credit losses — 21 July 2020

Greta Thunberg gives €1m award money to climate groups — 21 July 2020

World's most comprehensive analysis of forest resources launched in an innovative format — 21 July 2020

Belarus election: Snatched from the streets in Europe's 'last dictatorship' — 20 July 2020

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development ends without expected declaration — 20 July 2020

Trump's Mar-a-Lago Hoovered Up $400,000 In Campaign Funds In Just 2 Days, Records Reveal — 18 July 2020

US Targets Thailand With Attempted "Color Revolution" — 18 July 2020

Fox News peddled misinformation about the coronavirus 253 times in five days (6-10 July): study — 18 July 2020

Zizi Jeanmaire, alluring ballerina and chanteuse, dies at 96 — 18 July 2020

Thousands protest in Russia's far east, challenging Kremlin — 18 July 2020

Human Rights Council concludes forty-fourth regular session after adopting 23 resolutions: Extends Mandates on Eritrea, Education, Extrajudicial Executions, Trafficking in Persons, Leprosy, Judges and Lawyers, Persons with Disabilities, International Solidarity, Extreme Poverty, Belarus, and on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises — 17 July 2020

Japan now scrambling jets against Chinese military aircraft taking off from Fujian — 17 July 2020

Trump Unleashes His Secret Police in Portland — 17 July 2020

UN Urges Thailand to Apply International Standards to Torture, Disappearance Law — 17 July 2020

World needs 7 planets to eat like a G20 nation, food report finds — 16 July 2020

Top EU court rules data transfer deal with US is invalid — 16 July 2020

6 easy ways to live more sustainably — 16 July 2020

Zoom bug allowed anyone to use a company's custom meeting URL — 16 July 2020

World Bank blog: Moving high-stakes exams online: Five points to consider — 16 July 2020

WTO General Council meets to hear the eight candidates for Director General — 15-17 July 2020

Earlier

New Targets Required for Economic Recovery, Argues New World Economic Forum Report — 16 July 2020

Apple has €13bn Irish tax bill overturned as not infringing competition rules — 15 July 2020

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Elon Musk, Obama, Apple, and More — 15 July 2020

World fertility rate: 'Jaw-dropping' global crash in children being born — 15 July 2020

BeIN Sports licence in Saudi Arabia permanently cancelled after WTO ruling in June — 15 July 2020

EU Commission seeks input on tackling fake news, ensuring fair polls — 14 July 2020

Burger King changes cows' diets to reduce methane output — 14 July 2020

Harvey Weinstein: Judge rejects $18.9m settlement — 14 July 2020

Trump administration rescinds rule that would have stripped foreign students of visas — 14 July 2020

What's killing Botswana's elephants? Here are the top theories — 14 July 2020

The Nespresso coffee revolution in depth — 14 July 2020

The WE Foundation scandal again reflects Trudeau's elitism and obliviousness — 14 July 2020

Top UN official says 'Trump effect' is harming global press freedom — 13 July 2020

Dr Bruno Oberle of Switzerland named IUCN Director General — 13 July 2020

Trump signs Hong Kong Autonomy Act, and ends the city's preferential trade status — 12 July 2020

International Crisis Group on the fall in El Salvador homicides — 12 July 2020

Earlier

Apple has €13bn Irish tax bill overturned as not infringing competition rules — 15 July 2020

A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Elon Musk, Obama, Apple, and More — 15 July 2020

Trump confirms US conducted cyberattack against Russia in 2018 — 11 July 2020

A Brutal Heat Wave Is About to Scorch Many Parts of U.S. for Weeks — 10 July 2020

Trump commutes old friend Roger Stone's sentence — 10 July 2020

Retired Hong Kong legal expert says threat of new security law is overblown — 10 July 2020

Updated IUCN Red List: almost a third of lemurs and North Atlantic Right Whale now Critically Endangered — 9 July 2020

UNECE publishes guide to measuring the economic
value of education and training
— 9 July 2020

Immigration slowdown hits Swiss rents, -4.2% in Lake Geneva region — 9 July 2020

Who's on the list to be the new boss at the W.T.O. — 9 July 2020

New AMR Action Fund steps in to save collapsing antibiotic pipeline with pharmaceutical industry investment of US$1 billion — 9 July 2020

UN launches the SDG 6 (Water and Sanitation) Global Acceleration Framework — 8 July 2020

US imposes 25% tariffs on €1.1 billion worth of French goods, from January 2021 — 8 July 2020

New Geneva platform to 'anticipate societal changes': TASC — 8 July 2020

P.S. Another TASC (the Think Tank for Action on Social Change) was created 20 years ago and is based in Ireland

Ivory Coast PM Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies after cabinet meeting — 8 July 2020

Judge rejects Dakota Access request for emergency order on pipeline — 8 July 2020

US signs order for first West Coast gas-export terminal — 6 July 2020

If Section 230 gets killed, Wikipedia will die along with it — 7 July 2020

The US violated international law by assassinating Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, top UN human rights investigator says — 7 July 2020

Swiss-based Crypto firm sacking 83 of 85 employees after government refuses export licence (in French) — 3 July 2020, posted 8 July 2020

Foreign students in US must leave if classes move online — 7 July 2020

Texas Doctors Rank (1-9) The Risks of Catching COVID-19 In These Activities — 6 July 2020

Protestor Summer Taylor Dies After Car Drives Into a Seattle March — 6 July 2020

Fox News 'Regrets' Cropping Trump Out of Photo With Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell — 6 July 2020

Russians arrested in Austria over killing of Chechen dissident
+ Russia Today's article — 5 July 2020

Duke, Dominion cancel contested Atlantic Coast Pipeline — 6 July 2020

Siberian tiger kills 55-year-old woman animal keeper at zoo in Zürich — 4 July 2020

Ennio Morricone: Composer of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly dies — 6 July 2020

New Hong Kong security law allows Beijing to go after critics well beyond China's borders — 5 July 2020

Turkish court opens trial of 20 Saudi officials in killing of journalist Khashoggi — 3 July 2020

European Court of Human Rights condemns France over 'inhuman' living conditions for asylum-seekers — 2 July 2020

Police in Europe arrest more than 800 in crackdown on encrypted phone system used by organized crime — 3 July 2020

Two UN staff in Israel sex-act video suspended without pay during investigation — 3 July 2020

PG&E exits bankruptcy, pays $5 billion into wildfire fund
(more than 100 people died)
— 2 July 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell appears in court charged with aiding Epstein's sex crimes — 2 July 2020

E-waste becomes world's fastest-growing domestic waste stream — 3 July 2020

In 'Conservation Disaster', Hundreds of Botswana's Elephants Are Dying From Mysterious Cause — 2 July 2020

Global working hours are expected to have fallen by 14% in the second quarter of 2020, according to ILO estimates: equivalent to 400 million full-time jobs and a "sharp increase" on the 10.7% fall it previously estimated for the quarter. — 2 July 2020

G4 virus: Concern for pandemic potential swine flu strain found in China — 1 July 2020

International Trade Centre issues shortlist of 18 candidates for its Trade Promotion Organization awards in Accra, Ghana, on 14 October 2020 — 1 July 2020

EU bans Pakistan airline from flying to Europe for 6 months
over pilot licence concerns
— 2 July 2020

New York attorney general announces $19 million settlement in Harvey Weinstein lawsuits — 1 July 2020

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