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UN chief Ban regrets peacekeeper abuse, Haiti cholera UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed regret for sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic and an outbreak of cholera in Haiti during his final address to the annual gathering of world leaders in New York. Ban told the UN General Assembly that these two matters had "tarnished the reputation of the United Nations and, far worse, traumatized many people we serve." Ban will step down at the end of 2016 after serving two five-year terms. The United Nations has promised to crack down on abuses after dozens of accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers in Central African Republic, where UN troops assumed authority from African Union troops in September 2014. The United Nations currently has 106,000 troops and police serving in 16 peacekeeping missions. "The despicable acts of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by a number of UN peacekeepers and other ...

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UN chief Ban regrets peacekeeper abuse, Haiti cholera UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed regret for sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic and an outbreak of cholera in Haiti during his final address to the annual gathering of world leaders in New York. Ban told the UN General Assembly that these two matters had "tarnished the reputation of the United Nations and, far worse, traumatized many people we serve." Ban will step down at the end ...

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NY bombing suspect 'critical but stable' NEW YORK: The suspect held on suspicion of carrying out weekend bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey is in critical but stable condition in a hospital, police said Tuesday.Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was wounded in a shootout Monday with police in Linden, New Jersey, just four hours after the FBI released his mugshot and sent text message alerts to millions of people."Critical but stable," New York police commissioner James O'Neill told CBS News ...

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Canada says citizen possibly abducted in Libya OTTAWA: Canada's foreign affairs ministry said Monday it was seeking confirmation of a kidnapping of one of its nationals in the south of conflict-torn Libya. "We are aware of the troubling, yet unconfirmed report of the abduction of a Canadian citizen in Libya," ministry spokesman Michael O'Shaughnessy told AFP.In Rome, the Italian foreign ministry confirmed that two of its nationals were abducted in the same region.Citing Libyan sources, the Italian press said the trio worked ...

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New British PM calls for tougher stance on migrants UNITED NATIONS: British Prime Minister Theresa May called Monday for greater scrutiny of migrants and defended each country's right to defend its borders as she made her first UN appearance.Addressing a UN summit on refugees, May highlighted Britain's commitment to international aid but called for a "more effective policy approach" toward massive migration from war-torn Syria and elsewhere."We must also be clear that this crisis has been exacerbated by unprecedented levels of uncontrolled migration," May ...

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China offers $100 million in aid for refugees UNITED NATIONS: China on Monday pledged $100 million dollars in humanitarian aid to address the world's biggest refugee crisis and said a $1 billion fund it has set up with the United Nations could also be used for that purpose.Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made the pledge at the first-ever UN summit on refugees and migrants, called to agree on an international response to the displacement crisis."China attaches great importance to and has taken an active ...

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France warns Kabila on election date UNITED NATIONS: France on Monday voiced deep concern over unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo as it urged President Joseph Kabila to make clear a timetable for elections.Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called the situation in the vast African country "very dangerous and extremely worrying" amid deadly clashes ahead of plans for a major opposition demonstration."The constitutional order must be respected," Ayrault told reporters in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations."What matters ...