Civilian casualties in Afghanistan escalated sharply after peace talks began last year, the United Nations said in a report released on Tuesday, calling for a cease-fire as negotiators met for the first time after weeks of inaction.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert said that the US may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.
Greenhouse gas concentrations climbed to a new record in 2019 and rose again this year despite an expected drop in emissions due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the World Meteorological Organization said, warning against complacency.
The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed, fueling fears the world's biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year.
People heading to Glastonbury, Bestival and other major festivals this summer have been warned they may be at risk of contracting measles because of soaring cases globally and a concerning drop in UK vaccination rates.