A Zambian woman in a picture that illustrates the country's debt crisis

The world’s poorest countries have yet to regain their pre-pandemic development levels, a sign that the gap between the world’s most-developed and least-developed economies may be widening.

The United Nations called a ceasefire at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic for the world's armed conflicts.

Three years ago, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on warring parties to “put armed conflict on lockdown” to allow health workers to fight COVID-19. The call for a global cease-fire created a glimmer of hope during the early days of the pandemic. But today it feels like a historical footnote from a very different time.

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