China has announced new restrictions on academic research into the origins of COVID-19. A government directive reportedly told Chinese universities that all academic papers on the virus that causes COVID-19 will be subject to extra scrutiny and require official approval.

Stay-at-home orders are leaving domestic violence victims trapped with their abusers.  

US gun and ammunition sales have increased along with COVID-19 cases with reports of lines weaving around gun shops in California and elsewhere. The Trump administration early this week issued guidelines ruling that gun shops be considered essential businesses like grocery…

Medical facilities in Syria have been attacked more than 500 times since the WHO began counting in 2016, the health agency announced Wednesday.   Since 2016, 480 medical workers and patients have been killed as Damascus and its allies war with opposition forces. Attacks on…

More girls than ever are in school—but other measures of equality are falling far short, according to a UNICEF report marking 25 years since a landmark conference on the rights of women and girls.  

Could gun-carrying bans stem the scourge of gun violence in Latin America?   In 2012 Colombia tried it out, enacting permanent gun-carrying bans in Bogotá and Medellín. Gun-related mortality fell by a fifth in both cities—twice as much as cities with no bans in place, found…

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.