World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN Jul 14, 2020 0 172 12345 AFPRomeNearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published on Monday.Economic slowdowns and climate-related shocks are pushing more people into hunger, while nutritious foods remain too expensive for many, contributing not only to undernourishment, but to growing rates of obesity in adults and children.“After decades of long decline, the number of people suffering from hunger has been slowly increasing since 2014,” read The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World annual report.Beyond ensuring enough food, food must be nutritious, the study underlined, citing costly “health and environmental consequences” of sub-par diets.Nearly 690 million people, or 8.9 percent of people around the globe, are hungry, the UN found.That number rose by 10 million people in just one year to 2019, and by 60 million in the past five years, found the study, which said eradicating hunger by 2030 - a goal set five years ago - will be impossible if trends continue.By 2030, over 890 million people could be affected by hunger, or 9.8 percent of the world’s population, it estimated.Five United Nations agencies co-authored the report: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).Last year, the report estimated over 820 million hungry, but estimates were recalculated following revised data from China for prior years. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Poland’s populist president wins re-election Jul 14, 2020 0 625 Russia charges ex-scribe Ivan Safronov with treason Jul 14, 2020 0 616 No return to normality for foreseeable future in pandemic, says WHO Jul 14, 2020 0 61 Latin America now second-worst region for virus deaths PARIS: Latin America surged past the United States and Canada to become the second-worst affected region in the world for coronavirus deaths, according to an AFP tally on Monday. With 144,758 deaths officially declared .. Mexico’s COVID-19 deaths top 35,000, surpassing Italy MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s official death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to 35,006, the health ministry announced on Sunday. The new figures saw Mexico surpass the number of deaths in Italy, which was initially one .. Pandemic caused postponement of 50,000 cancer operations in Germany DPA Berlin Around 50,000 operations to treat cancer were not carried out in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic up to mid-June, the head of the German Cancer Aid organisation said on Monday. This represented around a .. France agrees to over €8 billion in pay rises for health workers AFP Paris The French government and unions signed an agreement on Monday giving over eight billion euros in pay rises for health workers, with the prime minister admitting the move was overdue in view of the coronavirus .. US judge orders delay of first federal executions in 17 years DPA Washington A US judge on Monday ordered a delay in federal executions, hours before one was to be carried out for the first time in 17 years, hampering the Trump administration’s plan to revive capital punishment by the .. 21 injured as major fire breaks out on US Navy ship in California LOS ANGELES: An explosion on a United States Navy ship moored at a base in California set off a major fire on Sunday injuring 21 people, officials and local media said. The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault .. Trump steps up Twitter attacks on medical experts, including Fauci WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack medical experts combatting the coronavirus, accusing them of playing politics and hindering an economic rebound. The president retweeted several ..