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U.N. Peacekeepers Pressed To Do More With Less As Further Cuts Loom

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI - On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in which his bosses laid out in no uncertain terms that the world’s largest peacekeeping mission had to make cuts, and fast.

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U.N. Chief Says Statesmanship Needed On North Korea, Takes Digs At Trump

Pic: ReutersUNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Tuesday for statesmanship to avoid war with North Korea and criticized world leaders who stoke resentment over refugees for political gain, two digs at U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Private Sponsorship Of Refugees Grows, Along With Resettlement Needs

Pic: ReutersNEW YORK: Britain and Argentina are among a growing number of countries allowing ordinary citizens to pay for refugee care, lodging and other assistance, as global resettlement needs outstrip places available 13-fold, a Canadian-led initiative said.

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Turkey Warns Of Global Conflict If Iraq Or Syria Break Up

Pic: ReutersSIRNAK, TURKEY: Turkey escalated its opposition to a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq on Tuesday, training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern border and saying the break-up of its neighbors could lead to global conflict.

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'Avalanche Of Roofs' In Dominica As Hurricane Maria Lashes Caribbean

Pic: ReutersSAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: Hurricane Maria caused “mind boggling damage,” ripping off roofs across the small island of Dominica before pushing on toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday as the second top-strength storm to lash the Caribbean this month.

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Russia Unveils Monument To Designer Of Iconic AK-47 Rifle

Pic: ReutersMOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday unveiled a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle that became by some estimates the most lethal weapon ever made and the best known Russian brand abroad.

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U.S. AIDS Strategy To Focus On 13 Countries Close To Controlling Epidemic

Pic: ReutersThe United States will concentrate its resources on 13 countries with high levels of HIV that have the best chance of controlling the AIDS epidemic under a strategy unveiled on Tuesday.

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Manslaughter Charges Possible In London Tower Block Fire Disaster: Police

Pic: ReutersLONDON: The criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed about 80 people in London in June could result in manslaughter charges, but any prosecutions could be months away due to the complexity of the forensic work, police said.

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Helicopter Mistakenly Fires On Parked Vehicles In Russia War Games: Media

Pic: ReutersMOSCOW: A military helicopter on a rural training exercise in western Russia mistakenly fired rockets at a group of parked vehicles, knocking at least one person to the ground, footage posted by Russian news sites and on social media showed.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi Condemns Abuses In Rakhine But Silent On Army Role

Pic: ReutersNAYPYITAW: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday human rights violations in Rakhine state and said violators would be brought to book, but she did not address U.N. accusations of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the military.

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