Coronavirus: people queue outside bank in Argentina to receive payment | AFP

Pensioners and social security beneficiaries queue in front of a bank in José C. Paz, in Argentina, to receive a payment promised by the Argentinian government. Latin America is heading into “a deep recession” in 2020, with an expected drop in the region’s GDP of 1.8 to 4.0 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN economic commission for the region said Friday. IMAGES

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Russian plane with supplies for virus fight arrives in US | AFP

A Russian military plane carrying medical supplies arrives in the United States, the Russian mission to the UN said, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power during the coronavirus pandemic. The Antonov-124, landed at JFK Airport in New York — the epicenter of America’s coronavirus outbreak — video posted on the mission’s Twitter page showed.

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Displaced families seek shelter at abandoned prison in Idlib, Syria | AFP

Displaced Syrian families who are running low on options for shelter ranging from abandoned schools to stadiums, seek shelter at an abandoned prison in the city of Idlib because of unaffordable rent prices and overpopulated camps. Poor living conditions is forcing around 95 families to live cramped together at an abandoned prison for the time being. Since December, the violence in northwestern Syria has sent more than 948,000 people fleeing their homes, according to the UN. More than 470 civilians have been killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war.

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Turkey: Migrants walk towards border | AFP

In Turkey, migrants are seen walking to the border on Sunday. The UN on Saturday said migrants have gathered along the Turkish-Greek border after Turkey’s president threatened to allow some of the some 3.6 million refugees in the country cross into Europe IMAGES

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WHO upgrades global risk of virus spread to ‘very high’ | AFP

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus says the UN health agency upgrades the global risk from the new coronavirus to “very high”. SOUNDBITE

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Human rights ‘under assault’: UN chief | AFP

UN chief Antonio Guterres says that “Human rights are under assault,” as he opens the UN Human Rights Council’s main annual session in Geneva. SOUNDBITE

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Many South Sudanese citizens “deliberately starved” : UN report | AFP

The chairperson of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan says that deliberate starvation and the deprivation of access to basic services are hallmarks of the conflict in South Sudan. She also highlights a significant level of political corruption. SOUNDBITE

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No major change in ‘trajectory’ of coronavirus outbreak: WHO | AFP

The UN health agency says a sharp rise in reported COVID-19 cases in China, due to a change in counting methods, does not represent a big shift in the epidemic. SOUNDBITE

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Novel coronavirus named ‘Covid-19’: UN health agency | AFP

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells reporters in Geneva that “Covid-19” will be the new official name for the deadly coronavirus that was first identified in China on December 31. SOUNDBITE

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WHO chief slams wealthy countries for failing to share virus data | AFP

The head of the World Health Organization accuses some wealthy countries of being “well behind” in sharing data on novel coronavirus cases, calling for more global solidarity to combat the virus. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking at a technical briefing on the virus to the UN agency’s executive board. SOUNDBITE

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UK calls for ‘credible’ net zero CO2 targets at COP26 launch | AFP

Launching the UK’s hosting of December’s COP26 UN climate change summit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the aim for the Glasgow event is “to get every country to announce credible targets” to reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions. SOUNDBITE from Boris Johnson

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South Sudan: UN’s World Food Programme airdrops supplies in bid to “stop famine in its tracks” | AFP

Severe hunger persists in South Sudan and the World Food Programme says it is expected to worsen if assistance is not scaled up. The WFP has three planes operating airdrops in the country to supply aid to people that are difficult to access, like those who have sought refuge from conflict in the swampy land of the Sudd.

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WHO says no reason to curb travel over China virus | AFP

The UN health agency says there is “no reason” to restrict travel or trade with China over the deadly coronavirus outbreak, after several airlines announced they were suspending flights. SOUNDBITE

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‘We are not winning war’ on climate change, UN chief warns in Davos | AFP

The world is losing the war against climate change, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres tells business leaders at the Davos forum, urging rapid action to prevent humanity being doomed. SOUNDBITE

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Top UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide | AFP

The UN’s highest court orders Myanmar to do everything in its power to prevent the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims, as international justice stepped into the crisis for the first time.

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Top UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide | AFP

International Court of Justice presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf declares that the UN’s top court orders Myanmar to take “all measures within its power” to prevent alleged genocide against Rohingya Muslims. IMAGES

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Myanmar’s Rohingya | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Rohingya. The UN’s top court ordered Myanmar on Thursday to take “all measures within its power” to prevent alleged genocide against Rohingya Muslims.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Top UN court says it can rule in Rohingya case | AFP

International Court of Justice presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf says the UN’s top court has the authority to rule in an urgent case in which Myanmar is accused of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. IMAGES

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