10 Jul 2020

U.N. Rules Require Cybersecurity Guarantees for Connected Cars

According to an agreement adopted recently by 53 countries, cars in jurisdictions including Japan, South Korea, and the EU will be required to make sure connected vehicles are protected from cyberattacks. The UN regulation does not include the US, however, it tasks national authorities responsible with approving car models before

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08 Jul 2020

Coronavirus: Trump moves to pull US out of World Health Organization

President Donald Trump has moved to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization, announcing the move yesterday despite calls from the EU and other organizations. President Trump stated that he intended to pull out of the UN agency and redirect funds elsewhere in late may, accusing the WHO of

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28 May 2020

U.S. to Stop Allowing Foreign Companies to Facilitate Iranian Civil Nuclear Program

Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, has announced that the US will stop allowing foreign companies to facilitate nuclear activities in Iran, representing a core provision of the 2015 nuclear agreement. Pompeo alleges that Iran has continued to expand proliferation-sensitive activities, resulting in the US government announcement. In May of

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18 May 2020

Coronavirus: Global push for inquiry into Covid-19 response

Today, 194 member states of the World Health Organization will meet virtually, aiming to open an independent review of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO will face questions on how it dealt with the outbreak and spread of the virus and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked during the

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15 May 2020

UN health agency chief unbowed amid attacks, Trump criticism

World Health Organization (WHO) Director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, rises above constant threats to his integrity as he works to create ‘solidarity’ against an outbreak that has claimed nearly 300,000 lives. Many countries praise his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic despite the continual criticism of the UN health agency by the 

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08 May 2020

Virus could kill 190,000 Africans and ‘smolder’ in continent

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Africa faces a huge potential COVID-19 risk, stating that they estimate 190,000 people could die on the continent in the first year of the pandemic. The WHO is also concerned that the virus could threaten the region for years. The UN Health

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03 Feb 2020

UN hacked: Attackers got in via SharePoint vulnerability

Last summer the UN’s database was compromised when hackers broke into 40 UN servers in offices located in Geneva and Vienna, obtaining access to sensitive data that could result in serious and far-reaching repercussions for staff and individuals associated with the UN. However, the UN failed to share the implications

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21 Jan 2020

Sri Lanka civil war: Rajapaksa says thousands missing are dead

For the first time, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa acknowledged that roughly 20,000 people who disappeared during the country’s civil war are dead. The remark was made during a meeting with the UN in the capital, Colombo. Rajapaksa ‘s office stated that steps to issue death certificates for those formally

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03 Dec 2019

U.N. to deliver food aid to 4.1 million in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’

The United Nations announced on Tuesday that it plans to provide food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans amid a food crisis in which a quarter of the population faces shortages due to drought. Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in over 10 years due to inflation on food, fuel,

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03 Jan 2019

Somalia orders top U.N. official to leave

Somalia has declared the top UN official in the country a persona non grata after his publication of a letter questioning the involvement of U.N.-funded Somali security forces in the arrest of an election candidate who had previously defected from al-Shabaab in 2017. The arrest led to a local uproar

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