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    Former World Leaders Urge Ratification of Nuclear Arms Ban Treaty

    In an open letter, the onetime leaders implored their own governments to embrace an arms treaty negotiated at the U.N. three years ago. It is six ratifications short of the 50 needed to go into effect.

    Why the World Is Watching a Military Takeover in Mali

    Instability in Mali is likely to ripple across West Africa and beyond.

    As the World Gets Tougher on China, Japan Tries to Thread a Needle

    Tokyo has not confronted Beijing as the United States and other allies have, mindful of its neighbor’s economic might and its own limited military options.

    World Population Could Peak Decades Ahead of U.N. Forecast, Study Asserts

    The study, published in The Lancet, said an accelerated decline in fertility rates means the global population could peak in 2064 at 9.7 billion and fall to 8.8 billion by century’s end.
    All countries
    60,382,863
    Total confirmed cases
    Updated on November 25, 2020 4:57 pm
    Italy
    1,480,874
    Total confirmed cases
    Updated on November 25, 2020 4:57 pm
    Spain
    1,614,126
    Total confirmed cases
    Updated on November 25, 2020 4:57 pm
    Iran
    894,385
    Total confirmed cases
    Updated on November 25, 2020 4:57 pm
    Germany
    967,403
    Total confirmed cases
    Updated on November 25, 2020 4:57 pm

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