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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

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

Godard's latest films on Criterion Channel until 31 July — 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 ons 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

Global Tourism Sector set to lose at least $1.2 trillion (1.5%) due to Coronavirus, UNCTAD says

For every $1 million lost in international tourism revenue, a country's national income could decline by $2 million to $3 million. In the worst-affected countries, unemployment for unskilled workers could rise by up to 17%.

UNCTAD estimates losses in the most pessimistic scenario, a 12-month break in international tourism, at $3.3 trillion or 4.2% of global GDP.

unctad (LINK)

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