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Updated U.S. CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air21 September 2020

Nearly 80% displaced people have lost job, income due to virus: refugee council21 September 2020

UK at 'critical point' in pandemic, top scientists to warn20 September 2020

U.S. Covid-19 death toll surpasses 200,00019 September 2020

Madrid orders partial lockdown after surge in Covid-19 infections19 September 2020

Coronavirus can spread on airline flights, two studies show19 September 2020

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

50 Experts to Trust in a Pandemic: includes Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus — 18 September 2020

"To understand the coronavirus, what is needed to respond to a pandemic on a global scale, and the ins and outs of the WHO’s response, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is a worthwhile follow as the head of the organization and a very active tweeter."

Coronavirus: WHO warns Europe over 'very serious' Covid surge18 September 2020

French COVID-19 cases jump to new daily record above 13,00018 September 2020

International transport and supply chains key to COVID-19 recovery: UN agencies18 September 2020

WFP Chief warns of grave dangers of economic impact of Coronavirus as millions are pushed further into hunger:"WFP is going all-out to reach as many as 138 million people this year — the biggest scale-up in our history. Already, in the first six months of 2020, we’ve reached 85 million people" — 17 September 2020

France to implement extra Covid-19 measures in Lyon, Nice as cases climb17 September 2020


Wealth of US billionaires rises by nearly a third during pandemic17 September 2020

Explainer: Why Singapore's COVID-19 death rate is the world's lowest17 September 2020

WHO warns Latin America reopening too soon amid COVID-19 risk17 September 2020

For COVID-19, as with everything else, Americans on the right and left live in different universes when it comes to trusting the media17 September 2020

Where We Stand With the Most Promising COVID Vaccine Candidates in the World

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)

WHO Issues Plea for US $35 Billion To Fast-Track COVID-19 Vaccines As United Nations General Assembly Convenes Virtually15 September 2020

District hospital records UK's first fatal outbreak of hospital-acquired Covid15 September 2020

Coronavirus: WHO reports record daily rise in new infections14 September 2020

Redefining Covid-19: Months after infection, patients report breathing difficulty, excessive fatigue13 September 2020

No masks, no distancing: Schools in Denmark defy COVID-19 — with success so far13 September 2020

Coronavirus: BBC poll shows stark divide between rich and poor countries11 September 2020

'UN virtual meetings cost us more than face-to-face sessions': UNOG — 11 September 2020

Woodward Book Casts New Light On Trump's Fight With WHO11 September 2020

Switzerland ranked 4th for economic come back, according to study11 September 2020

Switzerland ranked 4th for economic come back, according to study11 September 2020

Coronavirus: weekly cases up 24% in Switzerland11 September 2020

Eating out is among riskiest activities during COVID-19 pandemic, CDC says: the CDC found adults who tested positive for the coronavirus were about twice as likely than those who tested negative to have gone to a restaurant before getting sick — 10 September 2020

A Dentist's Rules of Oral Hygiene in the Era of Mask-Wearing10 September 2020

RealMe Report Indicates Online Daters Lowered Standards During Covid-19 Quarantine10 September 2020

UK announces 'moonshot' coronavirus testing plan: also, The Indonesian capital will go back into lockdown in a bid to contain an escalating outbreak that has pushed hospitals to the brink of collapse — 10 September 2020

France's COVID hospitalisations at 1-month high as cases surge10 September 2020

"Phuket Model" to be re-named, expanded to all of Thailand10 September 2020

Science and policy – advice from Swiss Public health experts10 September 2020

Vitamin D Nearly Eliminated COVID Hospitalizations, In New Study9 September 2020

Why COVID-19 is more deadly in people with obesity—even if they're young8 September 2020

The International Scientists Getting Pushed Out of the US by Visa Suspension8 September 2020

Still wiping down your grocery store purchases? Coronavirus risk is 'exceedingly small', experts say8 September 2020

India becomes COVID-19 second-worst-hit nation with 90,000 cases in 24 hours7 September 2020

Geneva Macro Labs on Blockchain supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals7 September 2020

Famous people who have had COVID-197 September 2020

U.S. regains 1.4 million jobs in August and unemployment drops to 8.4% as economic recovery shows resilience4 September 2020

Thailand Reports 1st Local Coronavirus Case in 100 Days3 September 2020

Launch of Geneva Health Files, a website that tracks the governance of global health3 September 2020

Coronavirus digest: Contact-tracing apps can lead to 15% drop in cases, says Oxford study3 September 2020

Billionaire Jack Ma's Covid donations to Kenya gone missing3 September 2020

Amid plans to quit, U.S. will not pay what it owes WHO this year2 September 2020

US says it will not join global effort to find COVID-19 vaccine2 September 2020

New W.H.O. advisory on corticosteroids for COVID-192 September 2020

NYTimes report: Steroids Can Be Lifesaving for Covid-19 Patients, Scientists Report

Convalescent plasma not recommended to treat COVID-19, U.S. government panel says2 September 2020

Taylor & Francis Group makes all its info on COVID-19 free to read online, including Managing the Global Health Response to Epidemics2 September 2020

France prepares €100 billion rescue package to save coronavirus-hit economy: 4 times as much as in 2008 — 2 September 2020

Europe's national soccer teams back in action after 10-month gap1 September 2020

A Supercomputer Analyzed Covid-19 — and an Interesting New Theory Has Emerged1 September 2020

Experts say that this activity is disproportionately responsible for coronavirus infections: risky indoor meetings — 1 September 2020

Spain counts the cost of dramatic drop in tourism arrivals for 20201 September 2020

Non-COVID-related news

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 deal21 September 2020

With ‘Hunger Games’ Salutes, Thais Defy Norms Over Monarchy: demonstrations are pushing boundaries over what can and can't be said21 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

Botswana authorities identify cause of mysterious elephant deaths: Officials say toxins produced by cyanobacteria in water were behind the death of more than 300 mammals21 September 2020

Arrest of woman from Canada over letter to Trump containing poison ricin21 September 2020

US Government Leak Reveals How Major Banks Move Dirty Money for Terrorists and Criminals21 September 2020

Explore Interactive Map of Thousands Of Suspicious Payments Sent Around The World20 September 2020

No U.N. support for reimposing Iran sanctions, secretary-general says after U.S. acts unilaterally20 September 2020

Oracle And Walmart Become Partners With TikTok, Trump Signs Off On Deal20 September 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sharpened Her Writing Skills, taught by Vladimir Nabokov, To Persuade People Who Are Hard To Convince20 September 2020

Thailand: largest protest to date calls for a change of government, new elections and monarchy reform19 September 2020

About 9,000 migrants on Greece's Lesbos move into tent camp after fire19 September 2020

Russia’s Navalny says he's now more than 'technically alive'19 September 2020

Map of conflicting claims in South China Sea19 September 2020

Colombian police charged with killing that sparked riots19 September 2020

Volcanic Caribbean island of Dominica shaken by explosion of steam and gas19 September 2020

Related GLOBAL-GENEVA piece: Coping with disaster after Hurricane Maria (LINK)

Three women, 2 from Africa, in final five for WTO leadership race19 September 2020

Notable names on Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees after RBG's death19 September 2020

Peru's President Vizcarra survives impeachment vote amid economic crisis19 September 2020

EU set to miss Monday deadline to impose Belarus sanctions - diplomats19 September 2020

China Says It Will Act If U.S. Persists on WeChat, TikTok Ban19 September 2020

Brexit: Amal Clooney quits government envoy role over law break plan19 September 2020

UN at 75: CSM on the good, the bad and the future19 September 2020

Who is to blame for Zimbabwe's land reform disaster? Britain, not Zimbabwe, should pay for colonial land grabs20 September 2020

U.S. Justice Department indicts six with conspiracy to pay bribes to Amazon employees18 September 2020

US Embassy in Kabul warns of extremist attacks against women18 September 2020

Yemeni warring sides hold UN-sponsored talks on prisoner swap18 September 2020

Trump offered to pardon Assange if he provided source for Democratic emails, lawyer says18 September 2020

U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth II strips Harvey Weinstein of CBE award18 September 2020

Kosovo awards Trump with Order of Freedom for peace efforts18 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 debate18 September 2020

How Russian media is trying to save Lukashenko's Belarus18 September 2020

Belarus president closes western borders, puts army on high alert17 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.

Food Is Now 135% More Expensive Across West and Central Africa and 80% more in Southern Africa17 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

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 safe17 September 2020

Viktor Orban, Fidesz allies defang Hungary's critical media17 September 2020

Flood of gold from Switzerland to U.S. stopped in August17 September 2020

Uber Safety Driver Charged In First Death Caused By 'Self-Driving' Vehicle17 September 2020

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

Federal judge blocks U.S. Postal Service changes that slowed mail17 September 2020

Fact check: There's no evidence Donald Trump helped with 9/11 response17 September 2020

What 2020 has taught us about how to achieve universal health coverage: The public, private and non-profit sectors must be willing to give up some control for long-term success — 17 September 2020

UN panel accuses Venezuelan government of crimes against humanity17 September 2020

This marine biologist wants to use the world's toughest corals (in mangroves) to save dying reefs17 September 2020

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

New UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Coral Reefs16 September 2020

Dublin rule for asylum seekers to be replaced, EU’s von der Leyen says16 September 2020

Former IAAF President Lamine Diack of Senegal convicted in Paris on corruption charges16 September 2020

Pentagon Papers leaker comes to the defence of Assange16 September 2020

Why industry needs a reset — and how to do it16 September 2020

Libya's UN-backed PM al-Sarraj says he plans to quit16 September 2020

Greece: 4 Afghans charged with arson for fire at Lesbos camp16 September 2020

U.S. EPA postpones environmental justice training after White House memo16 September 2020

Trump HHS official to take 'leave of absence' amid uproar16 September 2020

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

Earlier: The Great Climate Migration

Round table on The Future of Internet Governance in Geneva16 September 2020

Is the future of internet governance in Geneva?16 September 2020

OECD report finds global economic outlook not as bad as expected16 September 2020

U.S. charges 5 Chinese citizens in global hacking campaign16 September 2020

Onboard Birthday Party May Have Caused Mauritius Oil Spill16 September 2020

Bahamas to Roll Out 'Sand Dollar' Digital Currency Next Month16 September 2020

'Hi, this is Navalny': Poisoned Kremlin critic posts his own update on condition15 September 2020

Asian economies to shrink for first time in 60 years15 September 2020

UN global biodiversity report shows all 20 targets missed as pollution, climate change and overfishing rage on15 September 2020

World Trade Organization rules U.S. tariffs on China are illegal15 September 2020

Saudi Arabia rebuked at UN over Jamal Khashoggi killing, abuses15 September 2020

Biden receives endorsement from Scientific American, magazine's first in 175-year history15 September 2020

Afghanistan’s memory museum pushes for justice15 September 2020

Haiti capital Port au Prince brought to standstill by protesting police15 September 2020

Venezuela says captured US 'spy' sought to sabotage power grid15 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

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

Russian loan won't keep Lukashenko afloat for long15 September 2020

U.S. Federal Appeals Court Rules Government Can End Humanitarian Protections For Some 300,000 Immigrants14 September 2020

'Hotel Rwanda' hero charged with terrorism14 September 2020

The UN at Seventy-Five: How to Make it Relevant Again, a U.S. Council on Foreign Relations survey14 September 2020

British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran could face extra year in prison13 September 2020

Uganda has suspended hundreds of refugee aid agencies13 September 2020

Dozens Feared Dead as Nepal Landslides Wipe Out Homes13 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 execution13 September 2020

More than 50 killed at collapsed gold mine in eastern Congo13 September 2020

Thailand tells universities to stop students' calls for monarchy reform13 September 2020

Lindt Opens World's Largest Chocolate Museum – With the World's Largest Chocolate Fountain12 September 2020

Archaeologists race to uncover stone-age crystal hunt in Swiss Alps11 September 2020

Conservation Works: At Least 28 Birds and Mammals Have Been Saved from Extinction Since 199311 September 2020

Rio Tinto CEO and other executives quit after destruction of priceless Aboriginal heritage site11 September 2020

UK signs first major post-Brexit trade deal with Japan11 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

Oregon’s largest city reportedly declared a state of emergency Thursday as 500,000 residents across the state — more than 10% of the population — have been forced to flee their homes due to fast-moving and deadly wildfires.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

Severe floods hit 760,000 people in West and Central Africa10 September 2020

Ecological Crises Could Displace More Than 1 Billion People by 2050: Report10 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

Expert on Amazon tribes killed by arrow from uncontacted group10 September 2020

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi suspended from rights prize community10 September 2020

Myanmar military gets billions from profitable business: Amnesty10 September 2020

Myanmar's upcycling monk leads push to cut plastic waste10 September 2020

Ethiopia's Tigray region votes, defying Premier10 September 2020

Wildlife in 70% 'catastrophic decline' due to human destruction: WWF10 September 2020

WTO leadership race seen as hostage to U.S. election10 September 2020

Tour de France Swiss rookie Hirschi wins stage 12 (first time in 12 years), Roglic stays in yellow10 September 2020

Switzerland enshrines its crypto-friendly policies into law10 September 2020

Brexit Talks Hit Crisis as Boris Johnson Rejects Ultimatum. Europe has demanded the quick withdrawal of draft Brexit legislation that breaks international law10 September 2020

Pentagon rescinding order to shutter Stars and Stripes paper10 September 2020

The rise and fall of Pret a Manger10 September 2020

Assange on Trial: A Stunning Lack of Transparency and Fairness9 September 2020

Disinformation: EU presses social media firms to fight fake news10 September 2020

Mexican journalist who wrote about crime found beheaded10 September 2020

White professor who pretended to be Black resigns from GWU10 September 2020

The Arrest of a Bollywood Actor in India Shows All That's Wrong With Media Trials10 September 2020

Afghan officials: Kabul bomb targets VP, kills 10 civilians9 September 2020

Turkey sentences five journalists for naming intelligence agents in Libya9 September 2020

US revokes visas of over 1,000 Chinese students, citing security concerns9 September 2020

Human rights groups ask IOC to move Olympics from China9 September 2020

Nobel laureate warns arrests won’t stop Belarus protests9 September 2020

Opposition Leader in Belarus Averts Expulsion by Tearing Up Passport8 September 2020


Geneva seeks to carve its place as a home for internet governance9 September 2020

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

South Africa's recession worsens as economy shrinks 51% in Q28 September 2020

Pakistan: Lahore court sentences Christian to death on blasphemy charges9 September 2020

British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces new charge8 September 2020

Australian media firms pull journalists from China over security worries8 September 2020

Cameroon's President Paul Biya announces first regional elections in December8 September 2020

Saudi court sentences eight to prison but commutes death sentences in killing of Jamal Khashoggi7 September 2020

Russian opposition leader Navalny out of medically induced coma, says German hospital7 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 Minsk7 September 2020

Belarus: Tens of thousands defy threats and march in Minsk7 September 2020

Julian Assange: UK court weighs extradition to US7 September 2020

Scientists develop 'light tweezers' that are small enough to move DNA7 September 2020

'Cultural Marxism' in universities: history of a right-wing slander7 September 2020

Kevin Rudd calls for Australian government support for AAP and warns media diversity at risk7 September 2020

Hackers Closed Argentina's Borders With $4M crypto Ransom Demand7 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 disqualification7 September 2020

Sudan ends 30 years of Islamic law by separating religion, state6 September 2020

China Freezes Credentials for Journalists at U.S. Outlets, Hinting at Expulsions6 September 2020

Student demonstrators demand school reform in Thailand6 September 2020

Forget Google Maps. It’s time to try a privacy-friendly alternative6 September 2020

Dozens dead in central Somalia as villagers battle al-Shabab5 September 2020

Niger army accused of executing over 70 civilians, probe says5 September 2020

Four countries risk famine, UN warns5 September 2020

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

Osama bin Laden's niece says only Trump can prevent another 9/115 September 2020

The millennial entrepreneurs creating a more sustainable world5 September 2020

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

Locusts now threatening parts of southern Africa, UN says4 September 2020

Trump proposal would make it tougher to protect habitat for endangered species, critics say4 September 2020

Greenland ice sheet has entered a state of sustained mass loss that is irreversible4 September 2020

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

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week4 September 2020

World Bank cancels $224M loan to Lebanon over government failures4 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

Switzerland — a model of a small sovereign state destined to disappear?: (French or German): Swiss industry against the 27 September EU vote — 4 September 2020

'Flying' electric speedboat debuts on Switzerland's lakes4 September 2020

As much as half of the world’s water supply is being stolen, report finds3 September 2020

Swiss company ABB 'running away from tax obligations', Zimbabwe tax office says3 September 2020

UN chief urges Japan, other wealthy nations to meet goals on climate change3 September 2020

U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal: U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth — 3 September 2020

U.S. threat to pull WADA (doping body) funding could leave Americans out of Olympics3 September 2020

France calls on US to withdraw sanctions on world court3 September 2020

US suspends millions in aid to Ethiopia over Nile dam dispute3 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 constitution3 September 2020

Islamic State: Giant library of group's online propaganda discovered3 September 2020

US gives first-ever OK for small commercial nuclear reactor2 September 2020

France calls on US to withdraw sanctions on world court3 September 2020

Trump administration imposes sanctions on ICC prosecutor investigating alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan2 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 news2 September 2020

Mauritius asks Japan to pay $34 million after oil spill: report2 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 772 September 2020

Microsoft strengthens deepfake fight with new authentication tools2 September 2020

Unilever to cut fossil fuels from cleaning brands2 September 2020

The weather in Switzerland: a survey1 September 2020

Saudi king sacks two defence officials over alleged corruption1 September 2020

US Dollar Listed As 'Strong Sell' on TradingView While Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and XRP Flash Buy Signals1 September 2020

Facebook Threatens to Block News in Australia if World-First Laws Get Passed1 September 2020

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