The US has just 4% of the world’s population but an estimated quarter of its confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.   Despite the country’s considerable advantages, its response was built on woefully unstable foundations, Ed Yong reports. “Shredded” social safety nets, a…

The largest indigenous group in Colombia—the Wayuu—have long battled the multinational owners of the one of the world’s largest coal mines, which stands bang in the middle of their ancestral territory.  

The Chinese government has sustained a draconian forced birth control campaign aimed at limiting Muslim minority populations—such as Uighurs—while encouraging members of the Han majority to have larger families, an AP investigation found.   Over the past 4 years, the…

“More than anything, it hit the tomato men,” said Claudia Pérez Ocampo, who manages a stall in Mexico City’s iconic Central de Abasto market.

“Multiple hotspots” of COVID-19 are emerging in Latin America, warned Carissa Etienne, head of WHO's Pan American Health Organization. As cases continue to climb, modeling projections predict steep increases to come in some countries, CIDRAP reports. But undercounts…

As the Trump administration cites the global pandemic to justify largely sealing the border, the US has ramped up deportations of vulnerable migrant children, sending them back to dire circumstances—in some cases without notifying their attorneys.  

A new Lancet study of 2 Manhattan hospitals underscores COVID-19’s outsize impact on the elderly.  

Amid dire predictions for COVID-19’s toll in Africa, Ghana may serve as a model for curbing the virus with limited resources.   The West African nation ramped up testing early and commissioned a drone service to transport testing kits and samples.   Ghana also deployed “…

People least able to control their environment—those in homeless shelters, prisons, and crowded group homes—are highly vulnerable to COVID-19, yet they’re being ignored, researchers warn. “These populations will become the sources of new outbreaks, even when we feel like…

South Dakota’s governor has demanded that Native American tribes remove COVID-19 checkpoints from state and US highways, TIME reports.   Leaders of the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Oglala Sioux Tribe contend that the checkpoints are legal and intended to save lives. Both…