UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging global action to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism, white supremacy and the resurgence of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate speech sparked partly by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.N. chief also urged international action on Monday “to fight propaganda and disinformation.” And he called for stepped up education on Nazi actions during World War II, stressing that almost two-thirds of young Americans do not know that six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. Guterres spoke at a service marking Wednesday’s 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany is over the peak of its latest surge in coronavirus cases but she wants to wait for data on the spread of new variants before deciding on lifting lockdown restrictions. In an interview with German broadcaster RTL on Thursday, Merkel said that “the crest of the second wave has been passed.” But the long-time leader urged Germans to “hold out a little longer.” Merkel said she wants to get new data on the prevalence of new variants of the virus before deciding whether to discuss easing restrictions at a meeting with state governors Wednesday. Germany is nearing a death toll of 60,000 in the pandemic,