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September 2021 News Headlines

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COVID-19 news

These 9 Countries Have Kept Their Borders Closed Since 2020!fodors30 September 2021 (LINK)

The Bill For a COVID Test In Texas Was A Whopping $54,000npr30 September 2021 (LINK)

YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformationnytimes29 September 2021 (LINK)

How badly unvaccinated Republicans are misinformed, in one statwashingtonpost27 September 2021 (LINK)

A 3D Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without A Shoteurasiareview25 September 2021 (LINK)

Covid is officially America's deadliest pandemic as U.S. fatalities surpass 1918 flu estimatescnbc20 September 2021 (LINK)

Entry into Switzerland more difficult from 20 Septemberlenews17 September 2021 (LINK)

Zermatt COVID-19 cases now in peak that hit Saas-Fee in mid-August: 75 cases, up from 24: schools and kindergartens, particularlyWalliser Bote16 September 2021 (No LINK)

Upper Valais is nearly twice has affected as lower Valais: 276 per 100K inhabitants, vs 152. Double-shot infections: 2.5 per 1K.

WHO Reports 'First Substantial' Drop In Global COVID-19 Cases in 2 months but U.S. Stays Elevatedhuffpost15 September 2021 (LINK)

Data shows Covid booster shots are 'not appropriate' at this time, U.S. and international scientists concludecnbc13 September 2021 (LINK)

60 Percent of Virus Experts Wouldn't Do These 6 Things Right Now, Data Showsbestlifeonline12 September 2021 (LINK)

Go on a non-essential international trip (59%). Go to an indoor wedding or other religious service (59%). Eat indoors in a restaurant (67%). Go to a movie theater (81%). Send an vaccinated teen to school without a mask (89%). Send an unvaccinated child to school without a mask (100%).

WHO says Africa's already thin vaccine supply to drop by 25%apnews9 September 2021 (LINK)

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year to aid poorer countriesap / pbs8 September 2021 (LINK)

WHO just identified a new COVID variant and it may be more resistant to vaccinestheladders2 September 2021 (LINK)

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Non-COVID news

President Biden Signs Bill To Avert Partial Government Shutdownap / newsy30 September 2021 (LINK)

WIPO list of world's most innovative countries: Switzerland top for 11th timeweforum30 September 2021 (LINK)

South Korea climbed from 10th in 2020 to 5th in 2021. China at 12 is up from 14 in 2020 and 2019 and 17 in 2018. China was also named the most innovative upper middle-income country ahead of Bulgaria (overall rank 35), while Vietnam (overall rank 44) came first for lower middle-income countries, followed by India (overall rank 46).

Swiss Post launches Switzerland's first crypto stamp on 25 Novemberpost.ch30 September 2021 (LINK)

Ethiopia expels seven U.N. officials, accusing them of 'meddling'reuters30 September 2021 (LINK)

Swiss air pollution exceeds new WHO guidelinessource30 September 2021 (LINK)

Cutting-edge thinking: The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator Summitthegenevaobserver30 September 2021 (LINK)

UNCTAD report on data-driven digital economyunctad30 September 2021 (LINK)

" Only 20 per cent of people in least developed countries (LDCs) use the Internet; when they do, it is typically at relatively low download speeds and with a relatively high price tag attached. Moreover, the nature of use differs. For example, while up to 8 in 10 Internet users shop online in several developed countries, that figure is less than 1 in 10 in many LDCs. Further, within countries, there are significant divides between rural and urban areas, as well as between men and women. The largest gender divides are observed among LDCs and in the African region."

Top Republicans and Trumpists rub shoulders with extremists in secretive rightwing group, leak revealstheguardian30 September 2021 (LINK)

Olympic gold medalist pleads guilty in Capitol riot and will help prosecutors in future casescnn30 September 2021 (LINK)

Joe Manchin, America's Climate Decider in Chief, Is a Coal Baronthenation30 September 2021 (LINK)

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy convicted in campaign financing casepbs30 September 2021 (LINK)

A Secret Google Geofence Warrant Helped Catch the Capitol Riot Mobwired30 September 2021 (LINK)

Alleged reprisals and intimidation against 240 who cooperated with UN un29 September 2021 (LINK)

Right Livelihood Award champions environmentalists and rights activistsgenevasolutions29 September 2021 (LINK)

The Award recognizes four environmentalists and activists from Canada, Cameroon, Russia and India.

Yemeni humanitarian organization wins UN refugee awardgenevasolutions29 September 2021 (LINK)

The largest ever study into physical activity and physical fitness found intense workouts can improve a person's fitness more, compared to milder forms of exercise like walking weforum29 September 2021 (LINK)

World Bank: Changing the Narrative - Trade is Part of the Solution to Climate Changeworldbank29 September 2021 (LINK)

Trump operation replaces Lewandowski after claims of sexual improprietythehill29 September 2021 (LINK)

A grueling day in Elizabeth Holmes' trial ended with evidence that Theranos tests suckedtheverge29 September 2021 (LINK)

Woman charged with starting California's Fawn Fire while trying to boil watercnn29 September 2021 (LINK)

UN General Assembly ends with no speeches from Afghanistan or Myanmardw28 September 2021 (LINK)

For the First Time, Most Americans Say Global Warming Is Currently Harming UStruthout28 September 2021 (LINK)

New Taliban-appointed chancellor bans women from Kabul Universityaxios28 September 2021 (LINK)

The 11 Worst Business Ideas of the Past 40 Years: And how to fix theminc28 September 2021 (LINK)

Sustainability Standards: A new deal to build forward betterITC27 September 2021 (LINK) press release

ITC State of Sustainable Markets reportITC27 September 2021 (LINK)

New version of ITC trade standards mapITC27 September 2021 (LINK)

Panic buying leaves up to 90% of fuel pumps dry in major British citiesreuters27 September 2021 (LINK)

Iceland elects its first majority female parliamentaxios26 September 2021 (LINK)

The mysterious case of America's dying songbirdscnet26 September 2021 (LINK)

Israeli prof. elected president of Europe's nuclear research organization CERNtimesofisrael25 September 2021 (LINK)

Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city's main square: 'executed kidnapper'apnews25 September 2021 (LINK)

The Taliban's Persistent War on Salafists in Afghanistanjamestown.org24 September 2021 (LINK)

Support for Nuclear Ban Treaty Is Rising. Nuclear Nations Are on the Defensivetruthout24 September 2021 (LINK)

'Death sentence': low-lying nations implore faster action on climate at U.N.reuters24 September 2021 (LINK)

China frees International Crisis Group's Michael Kovrig after more than 1,000 days' detention as well as fellow Canadian Michael Spavorcrisisgroup24 September 2021 (LINK)

DOJ recommends four months in jail for military veteran in Capitol riot caseaxios24 September 2021 (LINK)

Justice Department attorneys wrote in a sentencing memo that though the man's military service is "laudable," it "renders his conduct on January 6 all the more egregious."

Sustainability is Destroying the Planet — an environmental scientist's contrarian viewaninjusticemag24 September 2021 (LINK)

"Today, the term 'sustainability' has been exploited by big polluter companies' commercial interests. Sustaining our current consumption levels, the current economic and social system will drive it to a sudden collapse."

World Bank's Does What You Export Matter? (2012) available for download free from open knowledgeopenknowledge24 September 2021 (LINK)

NGOs Frozen Out of U.N. Buildingforeignpolicy23 September 2021 (LINK)

Haitian Migrant Crisis Is Such a Mess That Biden's Envoy Just Quitthedailybeast23 September 2021 (LINK)

Trumpists and the 6 January insurrectionheathercoxrichardson23 September 2021 (LINK)

UN health agency sets higher, tougher bar for air qualityapnews22 September 2021 (LINK)

Downhill from 2016: Grand Bahama growth "stunted" after back-to-back hurricanes, notes IDB reportewnews22 September 2021 (LINK)

First Complete Map of World's Shallow Tropical Coral Reefs Published—And It Tracks Bleachingscubadiving22 September 2021 (LINK)

Bombshell revelations of Trumpist dangers to U.S. democracyheathercoxrichardson22 September 2021 (LINK)

UN releases funds to save Afghan health system from collapsealjazeera22 September 2021 (LINK)

'Hotel Rwanda' hero sentenced to 25 years on terror chargeslapresse.us21 September 2021 (LINK)

Biden pledges to double U.S. climate change aid; some activists unimpressedreuters21 September 2021 (LINK)

Over 50 Companies Reporting on Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics as International Support Growsweforum21 September 2021 (LINK)

An initial analysis of the first 45 reports from companies shows how companies are building skills for the future, with over $1.5 trillion invested in training. They also indicate that companies are innovating for better products and services, with over $20 trillion spent on R&D and $23 trillion in cumulative multi-year innovation investments. Lastly, they are contributing to their communities and social vitality with nearly $140 trillion in taxes.

Before Gabby Petito, Hundreds Of Indigenous Girls Went Missing In Wyoming To Little Media Attentionnewsone21 September 2021 (LINK)

How can young people change the world? Top tips from a youth activistweforum21 September 2021 (LINK)

Sustainable Gardening: Lessons from Chelsea Flower Show's First Organic Gardengardenista21 September 2021 (LINK)

Amnesty lists Taliban roll back of civil libertiesaljazeera20 September 2021 (LINK)

U.S. use of drones in combatheathercoxrichardson19 September 2021 (LINK)

"Nothing is moving": Only one country in the world (The Gambia) has submitted plans that will mitigate climate change by 2030, watchdog findscbsnews (video)16 September 2021 (LINK)

Liar, Liar, the World is on Fire: Big Finance's Whistle-blowers Bring Hope for Swiss Regulationthegenevaobserver16 September 2021 (LINK)

WEF annual meeting returns to Davos in 2022swissinfo16 September 2021 (LINK)

"The annual meeting netted the Swiss economy around CHF80 million ($87 million) in 2020, with businesses and hotels taking in some CHF63 million in revenues."

Trump 2? Michael Flynnheathercoxrichardson16 September 2021 (LINK)

Hundreds of Afghan diplomats are still living abroad, with many saying money is running out as they fear for families' safety.aljazeera16 September 2021 (LINK)

France calls killing of Islamic State leader big victoryapnews16 September 2021 (LINK)

Simone Biles, top US gymnasts excoriate FBI for ignoring Nassar sex abusefrance2416 September 2021 (LINK)

Nine ways you can help to save insects from extinctionsciencefocus16 September 2021 (LINK)

UN urges moratorium on use of AI that imperils human rightsapnews16 September 2021 (LINK)

Mercer family played bigger role in 2020 election than thought, giving nearly $20 million to dark-money GOP fundcnbc15 September 2021 (LINK)

A 40-year friend of a Capitol Police officer reported him to the FBI for disclosing the secure location of lawmakers on January 6, report saysbusinessinsider15 September 2021 (LINK)

Study: More than half of young people think 'humanity is doomed'grist.org14 September 2021 (LINK)

"It's the first study to find that climate anxiety is connected to government inaction."

UN rights chief reveals new initiative to protect environmental defendersgenevasolutions14 September 2021 (LINK)

Young conservationists call for help to take their seat at the tablegenevasolutions14 September 2021 (LINK)

Costa Rican economist Rebeca Grynspan took up her new role as secretary-general of UNCTAD on 13 September for a four-year termunctad13 September 2021 (LINK)

Donors pledge $1.2B for Afghanistan as UN warns of catastrophedailysabah13 September 2021 (LINK)

UN rights boss warns of looming crisis in Afghanistangenevasolutions13 September 2021 (LINK)

U.S. intelligence chief warns that countries pose a greater terror threat than Afghanistannytimes13 September 2021 (LINK)

Climate change could move 200 million people by 2050, World Bank report sayspbs13 September 2021 (LINK)

'Credible' claims that Taliban killing Afghan ex-government workers and relatives, says UNeuronews13 September 2021 (LINK)

How much will our oceans warm and cause sea levels to rise this century? We've just improved our estimatetheconversation13 September 2021 (LINK)

"Our analysis shows that without dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, by the end of this century the upper 2,000 metres of the ocean is likely to warm by 11-15 times the amount of warming observed during 2005-19. [...] This warming will cause sea levels to rise by 17-26 centimetres."

Record number of environmental activists murderedbbc13 September 2021 (LINK)

A slice of the Pentagon's internet space that was taken over by a Florida company minutes before Trump left office has been returned, but the mystery remainsbusinessinsider12 September 2021 (LINK)

Biden Declassifies Secret FBI Report Detailing Saudi Nationals' Connections To 9/11npr12 September 2021 (LINK)

"The report [...] painted a starkly different portrait than the one described by the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004."

Afghanistan: Taliban announce new rules for women and girls' educationdw12 September 2021 (LINK)

The West is getting Afghanistan wrong – againaljazeera12 September 2021 (LINK)

'Al-Qaeda is coming back'. 'The Taliban is fragmented'. 'The Taliban triumphed due to foreign support'. 'The US withdrew too soon'.

Taliban response to Afghan protests increasingly violent, UN saysreuters10 September 2021 (LINK)

UN raises alarm on Taliban crackdown on dissent, journalistsapnews10 September 2021 (LINK)

Momentous' Moratorium on Deep Sea Mining Urged by Global Biodiversity Summitcommondreams10 September 2021 (LINK)

1 In 3 Tree Species Face Extinctioneurasiareview10 September 2021 (LINK)

Thailand: Suicide Only Way Out For Desperate Tour Guideseurasiareview10 September 2021 (LINK)

Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad convicted of forgery in Geneva trialreuters10 September 2021 (LINK)

Britain's Prince Andrew served with lawsuit from Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffretheguardian10 September 2021 (LINK)

Financial Trouble at the Human Rights Councilthegenevaobserver9 September 2021 (LINK)

Biden ousts Conway, Spicer, other Trump appointees from military academy boardsabcnews9 September 2021 (LINK)

Researchers complete first-ever detailed map of global coralpbs8 September 2021 (LINK)

US seen funding Afghan humanitarian aid, but not the Talibanaljazeera4 September 2021 (LINK)

Afghanistan: What rise of Taliban means for Pakistanbbc4 September 2021 (LINK)

Osprey pair nest in Switzerland for first time since 1914rts (French)4 September 2021 (LINK)

Male raised in Fribourg prison.

"Stunning": Read the dissents on the Supreme Court Texas abortion ban rulingaxios2 September 2021 (LINK)

The background to Roe vs Wade in the light of Texas's new lawheathercoxrichardson2 September 2021 (LINK)

Droughts have killed the most people in the world's worst natural disasters over the last 50 yearsbusinessinsider1 September 2021 (LINK)

IPCC Findings Illustrate Need for Banks and Insurers to Divest From Fossil Fuelstruthout1 September 2021 (LINK)

The Sacklers, Who Made Billions From OxyContin, Win Immunity From Opioid Lawsuitsnpr1 September 2021 (LINK)

Cryptocurrency Can Help Save Afghanistan, Says Ethereum, Cardano Co-Founderdecrypt1 September 2021 (LINK)

AI resources in journalismjournalismai1 September 2021 (LINK)

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