In a rare move, a UN commission singled out Russia for its involvement in the mass killing of Syrians.   The UN doesn’t usually attribute such attacks—it relies on the Syrian government and its Russian backers to distribute humanitarian relief.   But this latest report …

The WHO warned countries yesterday to brace for the new coronavirus to be ‘knocking at the door,’ CNBC reports. But they’re not ready, says Canadian epidemiologist Bruce Aylward, who led a WHO COVID-19 mission to China, the Globe and Mail reports.

As the world comes to terms with the inevitable spread of COVID-19—now in at least 2 dozen countries—we’re all likely to have a brush with it, James Hamblin reports in The Atlantic.  

COVID-19 “spot fires” erupted in the Middle East, Italy, and South Korea over the weekend, with tough-to-trace cases that officials say signals a new phase of the outbreak, the AP reports.

Latin America has some of the highest rates of violence against women—and university campuses are far from immune.     A lack formal reporting protocol—or an unwillingness to enforce policies—has long enabled a “culture of machismo” that allows bad actors to maintain…

Not a single country is doing enough to protect children’s lives and their futures, according to a landmark report from a WHO-UNICEF-Lancet commission.   Despite that bleak assessment, the report urges countries to learn from some countries’ successes.   South Korea, Norway…

With 760 million people in China under residential lockdown, scientific experiments in China are pretty much at a standstill, leaving researchers wondering how they can continue their work without compromising safety,Science reports.   

As @thekrista says, “Public Health Valentine’s … We ruin everything!” But you know what really kills the mood? Infectious diseases, foodborne illness, and heart disease! Public health is actually quite the cupid, thanks very much. What could be more loving than these wise…

As Hong Kong braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, memories of the 2003 SARS outbreak are close at hand, NPR reports.   Some say Hong Kong hasn’t learned its lesson. While public transportation and schools are shut down, Hong Kong’s border with mainland China remains…

In a fresh push to end FGM by 2030, WHO launched a new tool today that calculates the cost of the practice, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN News reports.