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Curated by Peter Hulm

News from 2020 not involving COVID-19, unless it predicts the impacts. See also: POST-COVID for assessments and reports on what comes next.

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September 2020

France's Colonial Legacy features in Trial Over African Art — nytimes — 30 September 2020

Armenian-Azeri conflict embroils global forces — jpost — 30 September 2020

Trump-Biden presidential debate: Five key takeaways — euronews — 30 September 2020

ABC fact-checks Trump and Biden — abcnews — 30 September 2020

Fox News on the debate — cnn — 30 September 2020

Beijing blocks Wikipedia from UN intellectual property agency to resist 'Western values' because of Taiwan — scmp — 30 September 2020

WHO investigating sexual abuse allegations amid Ebola fight in DR Congo — france24 — 29 September 2020

Efforts to unify soldiers in South Sudan 'stuck': UN envoy — aljazeera — 29 September 2020

Brazil revokes mangrove protections, weakening another ecosystem key to curbing climate change — cnn — 29 September 2020

Tax evasion and theft 'rob Africa' of $89bn a year: UN study — aljazeera — 28 September 2020

World leaders pledge to halt Earth's destruction ahead of UN summit — theguardian — 28 September 2020

New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster — theguardian — 28 September 2020

'Eyes and ears' of Human Rights Council facing funding crisis — un — 28 September 2020

'Fox & Friends' reports on Times Trump Low-Tax Article — nytimes — 28 September 2020

Five groups ousted from U.N.-backed responsible investment list — reuters — 28 September 2020

Battles Over Water Are Stoking a War in Africa's Sahel (Burkina Faso) — vice — 28 September 2020

Armenian and Azerbaijani forces clash for second day — theguardian — 28 September 2020

Armenia Declares Martial Law Calling on Citizens to 'Be Ready to Protect Our Holy Homeland' as Azerbaijan Launches Attack — newsweek — 27 September 2020

Meet Kristen Tapping, the inventor whose smart bike wheels remove pollution from the air — redbull — 28 September 2020

100,000 march in Belarus capital on 50th day of protests — apnews — 27 September 2020

What You Need to Know About Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's Pick to Replace RBG on the Supreme Court: her record is relatively thin, but she's left enough breadcrumbs to worry abortion rights advocates. — vice — 26 September 2020

Mother Jones: It's Not Anti-Catholic to Ask Amy Coney Barrett About Her Religious Group "People of Praise" — motherjones — 24 September 2020

France: 7 in custody after stabbing linked to Charlie Hebdo — ctvnews — 26 September 2020

Armenia opposition leader placed in detention — aljazeera — 26 September 2020

American Sued In Thailand Over Negative Tripadvisor Review — barrons — 26 September 2020

Trump extends drilling ban off North Carolina, Virginia in 'election move' — reuters — 26 September 2020

Judge removes Trump's public lands boss after governor sued — apnews — 26 September 2020

The Bahamas Reveals Details, October Date of Landmark Central Bank Digital Currency Debut — coindesk — 26 September 2020

Every sentence in Zsuzsi Gartner's debut novel is "a masterclass in the art of fiction" — thestar — 26 September 2020

EU Commission appeals after losing Apple $15B tax case — abcnews — 25 September 2020

IOHK, United Nations Offer $10,000 for Sustainable Blockchain Project — decrypt — 25 September 2020

Impaakt, a Geneva peer-review platform that measures how sustainable companies are using a cohort of analysts around the world — genevasolutions — 25 September 2020

Trump could stay in power even if he doesn't win the election. The Constitution allows it. — washingtonpost — 24 September 2020

U.S. executes first Black man since resumption of federal death penalty after 17 years — reuters — 24 September 2020

Key Vatican cardinal caught up in real estate scandal resigns suddenly — reuters — 24 September 2020

Kenya's Maasai gather for once-in-a-decade ceremony to turn warriors into elders — cnn — 24 September 2020

Billionaire U.S. Governor's Companies Have Now Reached $140 Million in Lawsuit Settlements and Judgments Over Unpaid Bills — propublica — 24 September 2020

Lukashenko abruptly sworn in, Belarus opposition calls for more protests — reuters — 23 September 2020

Bulgaria asks EU to stop 'fake' North Macedonian identity — dw — 23 September 2020

The long road to peace: Four issues that must be resolved if Afghans have a chance for peace — nbcnews — 23 September 2020

Kremlin critic Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital, full recovery 'possible' — france24 — 23 September 2020

Bulgaria asks EU to stop 'fake' North Macedonian identity — dw — 23 September 2020

The worst-case climate-change scenario could look like this. We need to avert it — weforum — 23 September 2020

Former rebel commander to be next president of Bougainville, lead independence talks — reuters — 23 September 2020

On a daily basis in the U.S., unnecessary medical tests, treatments, and surgeries actively harm patients at astounding rates — fortune — 23 September 2020

Six African heritage sites under threat from climate change — bbc — 23 September 2020

US pork exports to China surge beyond pre-trade war levels — reuters — 23 September 2020

US firm pleads guilty to paying bribes in Brazil, Venezuela — apnews — 23 September 2020

Finland upholds ban of neo-Nazi 'Pan Nordic' group: The NRM is active in five different Scandinavian nations, including functioning as a political party in Sweden — jpost — 23 September 2020

U.N. Secretary-General urges global ceasefire by the end of the year (French only!) — un — 23 September 2020

Mars drops Uncle Ben's, reveals new name for rice brand: Ben's Original — apnews — 23 September 2020

Schwab Foundation announces its 23 Social Innovators of the Year – meet the first responders to the COVID-19 crisis — weforum — 22 September 2020

The US leads the world in exactly one of 50 social progress indicators: advanced education — qz — 22 September 2020

Cash transfers can help refugees, but they also carry risks: indebtedness among vulnerable cash recipients — theconversation — 22 September 2020

Bulgaria: Thousands urge Borissov government to resign in Independence Day protests — euronews — 22 September 2020

French/Canadian suspect wrote 'give up' on ricin White House letter — aljazeera — 22 September 2020

Rolling Stone updates best 500 albums list, Marvin Gaye takes top honor — foxnews — 22 September 2020

Thousands of Britons living in EU told their UK bank accounts will be closed: Lloyds and Barclays among banks taking action due to lack of post-Brexit trade deal — 21 September 2020

With 'Hunger Games' Salutes, Thais Defy Norms Over Monarchy: demonstrations are pushing boundaries over what can and can't be said — 21 September 2020

Botswana authorities identify cause of mysterious elephant deaths: Officials say toxins produced by cyanobacteria in water were behind the death of more than 300 mammals — 21 September 2020

While BP and other European companies invest billions in renewable energy, Exxon and Chevron are committed to fossil fuels and betting on moonshots. — 21 September 2020

US Government Leak Reveals How Major Banks Move Dirty Money for Terrorists and Criminals — 21 September 2020

Explore Interactive Map of Thousands Of Suspicious Payments Sent Around The World — 20 September 2020

Deep divisions as Afghan negotiators get down to details — 21 September 2020

Trump gives blessing to deal to allow TikTok to continue to operate in U.S. — 20 September 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sharpened Her Writing Skills, taught by Vladimir Nabokov, To Persuade People Who Are Hard To Convince — 20 September 2020

Who is to blame for Zimbabwe's land reform disaster? Britain, not Zimbabwe, should pay for colonial land grabs — 20 September 2020

UN 30-minute video for 75th anniversary — youtube — 19 September 2020

Map of conflicting claims in South China Sea — 19 September 2020

US Embassy in Kabul warns of extremist attacks against women — 18 September 2020

Yemeni warring sides hold UN-sponsored talks on prisoner swap — 18 September 2020

U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth II strips Harvey Weinstein of CBE award — 18 September 2020

Kosovo awards Trump with Order of Freedom for peace efforts — 18 September 2020

Trump offered to pardon Assange if he provided source for Democratic emails, lawyer says — 18 September 2020

David Attenborough's Age of Extinction: are viewers finally ready for the truth about nature? — 18 September 2020

Belarus attempts to stop testimony at urgent UN human rights debate — 18 September 2020

How Russian media is trying to save Lukashenko's Belarus — 18 September 2020

Human Rights Council resolution on Belarus (PDF) — 17 September 2020

The results of the vote were:
For (23) : Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark ,Fiji, Germany, Italy, Japan, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine and Uruguay.
Against (2) : Eritrea and Venezuela.
Abstentions (22) : Angola, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan and Togo.

Belarus president closes western borders, puts army on high alert — 17 September 2020

Food Is Now 135% More Expensive Across West and Central Africa and 80% more in Southern Africa — 17 September 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: Coronavirus Stories: Not just a health pandemic, but a multi-sectorial crisis requiring Africa specific solutions (LINK)

Goodbye, Big Oil: "Half the world's proven reserves (1.7 trillion barrels) will never be needed" — 17 September 2020

Viktor Orban, Fidesz allies defang Hungary's critical media — 17 September 2020

UN panel accuses Venezuelan government of crimes against humanity — 17 September 2020

Human rights abuses persist in Burundi despite new gov't: UN: "Security forces and the youth wing of the governing party, the Imbonerakure, continue to have almost total impunity for beatings, kidnappings and sexual violence, the report said." — 17 September 2020

Former Trump security adviser says Afghanistan policy has left U.S. less safe — 17 September 2020

Federal judge blocks U.S. Postal Service changes that slowed mail — 17 September 2020

Uber Safety Driver Charged In First Death Caused By 'Self-Driving' Vehicle — 17 September 2020

Tesla driver in Canada charged over 'napping while speeding' — 17 September 2020

Fact check: There's no evidence Donald Trump helped with 9/11 response — 17 September 2020

Dublin rule for asylum seekers to be replaced, EU's von der Leyen says — 16 September 2020

Pentagon Papers leaker comes to the defence of Assange — 16 September 2020

New Report Documents How Climate Migration Could Reshape U.S. — 16 September 2020

Earlier: The Great Climate Migration

U.S. charges 5 Chinese citizens in global hacking campaign — 16 September 2020

Onboard Birthday Party May Have Caused Mauritius Oil Spill — 16 September 2020

U.S. EPA postpones environmental justice training after White House memo — 16 September 2020

Libya's UN-backed PM al-Sarraj says he plans to quit — 16 September 2020

This marine biologist wants to use the world's toughest corals (in mangroves) to save dying reefs — 17 September 2020

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

Saudi Arabia rebuked at UN over Jamal Khashoggi killing, abuses — 15 September 2020

'Hi, this is Navalny': Poisoned Kremlin critic posts his own update on condition — 15 September 2020

World Trade Organization rules U.S. tariffs on China are illegal — 15 September 2020

UN global biodiversity report shows all 20 targets missed as pollution, climate change and overfishing rage on — 15 September 2020

Asian economies to shrink for first time in 60 years — 15 September 2020

The Racist Cost of a Pandemic Vacation in The Bahamas — 15 September 2020

"Tourism is not only too susceptible to global events — especially those affecting North America — but a vehicle of oppression and a microcosm of a society. People in critical positions — housekeeping, security, and food service — are paid low wages, increasing their dependence on tips and, by extension, deference, subservience, and the inability to say no. They work erratic shifts, miss special family occasions, and completely exhaust themselves if they pursue a degree to facilitate a career change."

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: Caribbean Dreams – Economic Nightmares (LINK)

Biden receives endorsement from Scientific American, magazine's first in 175-year history — 15 September 2020

Russian loan won't keep Lukashenko afloat for long — 15 September 2020

Afghanistan's memory museum pushes for justice — 15 September 2020

5 tropical cyclones in the Atlantic at the same time for only the second time in history (i.e. since 1971) — 15 September 2020

A fact I didn't find in Facebook's new climate science center: Just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of emissions. — 15 September 2020

Haiti capital Port au Prince brought to standstill by protesting police — 15 September 2020

Venezuela says captured US 'spy' sought to sabotage power grid — 15 September 2020

U.S. Federal Appeals Court Rules Government Can End Humanitarian Protections For Some 300,000 Immigrants — 14 September 2020

The UN at Seventy-Five: How to Make it Relevant Again, a U.S. Council on Foreign Relations survey — 14 September 2020

UN Unpaid Internship Offer in Malaysia Receives Flak For Exploiting Volunteers — 13 September 2020

British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran could face extra year in prison — 13 September 2020

Uganda has suspended hundreds of refugee aid agencies — 13 September 2020

Dozens Feared Dead as Nepal Landslides Wipe Out Homes — 13 September 2020

More than 50 killed at collapsed gold mine in eastern Congo — 13 September 2020

Kim Jong-un photographed after 'five of his critics executed' — 13 September 2020

Athletes Germany calls for International Olympics Committee sanctions after Iranian wrestler's execution — 13 September 2020

British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran could face extra year in prison — 13 September 2020

Conservation Works: At Least 28 Birds and Mammals Have Been Saved from Extinction Since 1993 — 11 September 2020

UK signs first major post-Brexit trade deal with Japan — 11 September 2020


Rio Tinto CEO and other executives quit after destruction of priceless Aboriginal heritage site — 11 September 2020

Court Blocks Trump's Attempt To Change Who Counts For Allocating House Seats: The president, the court concluded, cannot leave unauthorized immigrants out of that specific count — 11 September 2020

Ecological Crises Could Displace More Than 1 Billion People by 2050: Report — 10 September 2020

Hackers linked to Russia, China, and Iran are trying to spy on people tied to both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, Microsoft said Thursday. — 10 September 2020

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi suspended from rights prize community — 10 September 2020

WTO leadership race seen as hostage to U.S. election — 10 September 2020

Wildlife in 70% 'catastrophic decline' due to human destruction: WWF — 10 September 2020

Myanmar military gets billions from profitable business: Amnesty — 10 September 2020

Myanmar's upcycling monk leads push to cut plastic waste — 10 September 2020

Brexit Talks Hit Crisis as Boris Johnson Rejects Ultimatum. Europe has demanded the quick withdrawal of draft Brexit legislation that breaks international law — 10 September 2020

Ethiopia's Tigray region votes, defying Premier — 10 September 2020

Expert on Amazon tribes killed by arrow from uncontacted group — 10 September 2020

Pentagon rescinding order to shutter Stars and Stripes paper — 10 September 2020

Mexican journalist who wrote about crime found beheaded — 10 September 2020

White professor who pretended to be Black resigns from GWU — 10 September 2020

Disinformation: EU presses social media firms to fight fake news — 10 September 2020

The Arrest of a Bollywood Actor in India Shows All That's Wrong With Media Trials — 10 September 2020

35 Extremely Specific Things That Were Once So Normal, But That We'll All Forget About In 10 Years — 10 September 2020

The rise and fall of Pret a Manger — 10 September 2020

Turkey sentences five journalists for naming intelligence agents in Libya — 9 September 2020

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China — 9 September 2020

British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces new charge — 8 September 2020

Opposition Leader in Belarus Averts Expulsion by Tearing Up Passport — 8 September 2020


US revokes visas of over 1,000 Chinese students, citing security concerns — 9 September 2020

Australian media firms pull journalists from China over security worries — 8 September 2020

Cameroon's President Paul Biya announces first regional elections in December — 8 September 2020

A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?(Not quite true) — 8 September 2020

Russian opposition leader Navalny out of medically induced coma, says German hospital — 7 September 2020

Saudi court sentences eight to prison but commutes death sentences in killing of Jamal Khashoggi — 7 September 2020

Almost 300 Rohingya refugees found on Indonesian beach 'after six months at sea' — 7 September 2020

Belarus opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova 'snatched from street' in Minsk — 7 September 2020

Belarus: Tens of thousands defy threats and march in Minsk — 7 September 2020

Julian Assange: UK court weighs extradition to US — 7 September 2020

Hackers Closed Argentina's Borders With $4M crypto Ransom Demand — 7 September 2020

Scientists develop 'light tweezers' that are small enough to move DNA — 7 September 2020

'Cultural Marxism' in universities: history of a right-wing slander — 7 September 2020

Kevin Rudd calls for Australian government support for AAP and warns media diversity at risk — 7 September 2020

Luxury Yacht Owners Made to Pay $100K After Anchor Drop Ruins 431 Coral Colonies: less than two days' rental — 7 September 2020

Djokovic 'sad and empty' after U.S. Open disqualification — 7 September 2020

Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law by separating religion, state — 6 September 2020

China Freezes Credentials for Journalists at U.S. Outlets, Hinting at Expulsions — 6 September 2020

Forget Google Maps. It's time to try a privacy-friendly alternative — 6 September 2020

Niger army accused of executing over 70 civilians, probe says — 5 September 2020

Four countries risk famine, UN warns — 5 September 2020

How much is Geneva costing the UN? The tricky task of understanding the UN budget(s) — 5 September 2020

The millennial entrepreneurs creating a more sustainable world — 5 September 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: Coral Vita: Making reef rescue fun — and a business (LINK)

Locusts now threatening parts of southern Africa, UN says — 4 September 2020

Greenland ice sheet has entered a state of sustained mass loss that is irreversible — 4 September 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: POLAR FOCUS: The view from Greenland – About contexts (LINK)

The ugly numbers are finally in on the 2017 Trump tax rewrite – and the rich made out like bandits — 4 September 2020

World Bank cancels $224M loan to Lebanon over government failures — 4 September 2020

About 93% of racial justice protests in the US have been peaceful, a new report finds, contradicting claims of violence and looting — 4 September 2020

France calls on US to withdraw sanctions on world court — 3 September 2020

Trump administration imposes sanctions on ICC prosecutor investigating alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan — 2 September 2020

As much as half of the world's water supply is being stolen, report finds — 3 September 2020

US suspends millions in aid to Ethiopia over Nile dam dispute — 3 September 2020

U.S. threat to pull WADA (doping body) funding could leave Americans out of Olympics — 3 September 2020

Thai King reinstates his royal consort after declaring her 'untainted' — 3 September 2020

Bulgaria protests: PM Borissov 'pouring oil in the fire' with plans to change constitution — 3 September 2020

US gives first-ever OK for small commercial nuclear reactor — 2 September 2020

Kennedy loss in Massachusetts may mark end of 'Camelot' era, says AP commentator — 2 September 2020

Montenegro election: Who are the triumphant opposition factions and what do they stand for? — 2 September 2020

Free research book on fake news — 2 September 2020

Taylor & Francis Group make all its info on COVID-19 free to read online, including Managing the Global Health Response to Epidemics — 2 September 2020

Mauritius asks Japan to pay $34 million after oil spill: report — 2 September 2020

France 2015 Charlie Hebdo terror attacks: Who are the suspects on trial? — 2 September 2020

Khmer Rouge's chief jailer, guilty of war crimes, dies at 77 — 2 September 2020

Unilever to cut fossil fuels from cleaning brands — 2 September 2020

Unilever to cut fossil fuels from cleaning brands — 2 September 2020

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