Emma Farge
Commercial food trucks are seen near a checkpoint near Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on May 28.
Jul 5, 2024
Feeding Gaza: Traders run gauntlet of bullets, bombs and bribes
Getting food to the Gaza Strip's mostly displaced population of 2.3 million has been beset by bureaucracy and violence since Oct. 7.
Hong Kong protesters face off against riot police at a rally in support of the human rights of Xinjiang Uyghurs in Hong Kong in December 2019.
Jul 5, 2024
China rejects key Western calls for human rights reforms at U.N. meet
Beijing has striven to fend off criticism following a 2022 U.N. report.
A Palestinian walks among the rubble of buildings destroyed during Israel's military offensive in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Jun 13, 2024
U.S. says Hamas seeks changes to the cease-fire plan
Hamas reiterated its stance that it is Israel rejecting proposals and that the Palestinian Islamist group was not suggesting new ideas.
A woman and child walk among debris in Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday.
Jun 12, 2024
'Immense' scale of Gaza killings amount to crime against humanity, U.N. inquiry says
The evidence gathered by such U.N.-mandated body inquiries has sometimes formed the basis for war crimes prosecutions by the International Criminal Court.
Commercial food trucks near a checkpoint in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday.
May 31, 2024
Israel reopens Gaza food sales as Rafah raid chokes aid
Army authorities gave Gazan traders the OK to resume purchases from Israeli and Palestinian suppliers this month.
Supporters of the Senior Women for Climate Protection association outside the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, on March 29, 2023
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Apr 8, 2024
How three European human rights cases could shape climate litigation
The verdicts will set a precedent for future litigation on how rising temperatures affect people's right to a livable planet.
Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala addresses the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 26, 2024
WTO seeks modest outcome in UAE at 'critical juncture' for global trade
The stated goals is to set new global commerce rules, but even its ambitious chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sought to curb expectations.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2023
Global level of forced displacement climbs to record 110 million, U.N. says
The increase of around 19 million people by the end of last year is the biggest annual jump on record, the UNHCR has said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
May 24, 2023
World Health Organization working towards 'pandemic treaty' by May 2024
A new pact is a priority for agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has called it a 'generational commitment that we will not go back to the old cycle of panic and neglect.'
Japan Times
Mar 15, 2023
Exodus of health care workers from poor countries worsening, WHO says
The trend for nurses and other staff to leave parts of Africa or Southeast Asia for wealthier countries in the Middle East or Europe has accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2022
China's aviation comeback stokes tensions over access to Russian airspace
Western carriers haven't had access to Russia's air corridors since the Ukraine invasion triggered Western sanctions and retaliatory bans by Moscow.
Japan Times
Aug 17, 2022
U.N. action to isolate Russia wanes almost six months into Ukraine war
'As the war has dragged on, it has become harder to find meaningful ways to penalize Russia,' said Richard Gowan, U.N. director at the independent International Crisis Group.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 17, 2022
WHO vows nothing 'ridiculous' as public submits ideas to rename monkeypox
Often disease names are chosen behind closed doors by a technical committee, but this time the WHO has decided to open up the process to the public.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2022
Glaciers vanishing at record rate in Alps following heat waves
Since last winter, which brought relatively little snowfall, the Alps have sweltered through two big early summer heat waves.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2022
China lobbying for U.N. rights chief to suppress Xinjiang report, letter shows
The letter was circulated among diplomatic missions in Geneva from late June, with a request for countries to sign it to show their support.
Japan Times
Jun 3, 2022
WTO seeks fish and vaccine deals as war ignites trade tensions
It is not yet clear if a vaccine compromise forged by India, South Africa, the EU and the United States will transform into a full agreement.
Japan Times
May 27, 2022
WHO condemns Russia's aggression in Ukraine in rare vote
The proposal brought by the U.S. and others condemned Russia's actions but stopped short of immediately suspending its voting rights at the U.N. health agency.
Japan Times
May 23, 2022
U.N. Human Rights chief due to arrive in China for historic visit
The May 23 to 28 trip has been long in the making after the commissioner said in 2018 she wanted unfettered access to Xinjiang.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 16, 2021
Pfizer to allow generic versions of its COVID-19 pill in 95 countries
A Pfizer executive said last week the market for the drug might be up to 150 million people and that many countries might also be interested in buying doses for their strategic reserves.
Japan Times
Sep 1, 2021
Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly, U.N. agency says
The World Meteorological Organization attributed the growing frequency to both climate change and improved disaster reporting.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals