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David Nabarro. Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

David Nabarro, an envoy for the World Health Organization on COVID-19, said Tuesday that the world is experiencing a "fracture in global leadership" amid responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The people of the world actually should be going completely crazy with anger. There should be a petition of 500 million people to the world leaders saying, 'What on Earth are you doing?'"
— David Nabarro
  • He added: "We have the biggest crisis of all time in many of our livelihoods and you're squabbling. You're squabbling over whether World Health Organization should be killed or kept alive when the world needs the World Health Organization more than ever."

Between the lines: The WHO has been politicized amid the coronavirus pandemic, including President Trump's move to withdraw funding from the organization.

  • The WHO is the only global institution tasked with targeting infectious diseases at a worldwide level, Axios' Bryan Walsh writes.

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Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Aug 12, 2020 - Health

The two sides of America's coronavirus response

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

America's bungled political and social response to the coronavirus exists side-by-side with a record-breaking push to create a vaccine with U.S. companies and scientists at the center.

Why it matters: America's two-sided response serves as an X-ray of the country itself — still capable of world-beating feats at the high end, but increasingly struggling with what should be the simple business of governing itself.

Updated 16 mins ago - World

U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

Updated 6 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.