A spate of horrific incidents has broken through the flood of coronavirus headlines to reveal another contagion: a fear of black men, writes John Blake for CNN. 

Calvin Munerlyn, a Family Dollar security guard in Flint, Michigan, was shot and killed May 5 after telling a customer to wear a face mask inside the store. A couple days later, a McDonald’s customer in Oklahoma City shot a worker when asked to leave a dining area closed…

Today marks the UN’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, and it comes as health workers worldwide are under extraordinary strain as they hold down the COVID-19 frontlines.  

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 …