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The News Roundup — International

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow.

This week, President Donald Trump announced the U.S would suspend funding for the World Health Organization for at least 60 days while the administration reviews the WHO’s actions to contain coronavirus.

In response, the WHO said it would evaluate any financial gaps and continue their work. The United States contributes over $400 million dollars per year to the organization, more than any other country. 

And the president of the European Union Commission offered an apology to Italy for the bloc’s lack of support during the pandemic. With a death toll of about  21,000 from coronavirus, Italy has been the hardest hit country in Europe.Some critics said the situation deteriorated because other E.U. countries were slow to provide emergency supplies to the country.

Meanwhile, in the weeks since the United Nations called for a global ceasefire amidst coronavirus, nearly all permanent members of the UN Security Council have agreed— except Russia.But French President Emmanuel Macron says Russian President Vladimir Putin may agree to the ceasefire soon.The UN’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the ceasefire would make it easier to stop the spread of COVID-19 across the world.

We’ll talk about all the latest news on the global edition of the News Roundup.

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