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Global migrant tide swells to record 65 million

Geneva (AFP) - The number of refugees and others fleeing their homes worldwide has hit a new record, spiking to 65.3 million people by the end of 2015, the United Nations said Monday.
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UN says Syria aid drops not 'imminent' despite pleas

Beirut (AFP) - Humanitarian aid drops to besieged areas in Syria are not imminent and need regime approval, the United Nations said on Thursday, despite urgent calls from Britain and France for deliveries to start....
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The Latest: UN says many starve in 'senseless' Syria war

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):...
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US and allies urge UN action against Iran for missile tests

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and three allies called for a Security Council meeting to respond to Iran's recent ballistic missile tests which they say were carried out in defiance of a U.N. resolution....
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Fearing Trump, U.N. Embraces the Art of the Deal

The prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, while anything but a sure bet, has set U.N. diplomats on a race to conclude a set of deals from migration to the Middle East peace process before U.S. President Barack Obama steps down in January 2017....
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France's Lagarde named for second term to lead IMF

Washington (AFP) - France's Christine Lagarde, who battled financial fires across Europe as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was officially named Friday to a new term at the global emergency lender....
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Iran Lambasts Illegal Use of Sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's UN Envoy Gholamali Khoshroo slammed the illegal use of sanctions by certain states, underlining that even the UN Security Council sanctions resolution should be adopted with full respect and compliance with the UN Charter....
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4.5 million pupils in OECD nations 'failing at 15': report

Paris (AFP) - Around 4.5 million pupils in OECD countries have failed to attain a sufficient level of proficiency in either reading, maths or science at the age of 15, according to a new study released by the think-tank on Wednesday....
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Armed with new U.S. money, NATO to strengthen Russia deterrence

Backed by an increase in U.S. military spending, NATO is planning its biggest build-up in eastern Europe since the Cold War to deter Russia but will reject Polish demands for permanent bases. ...
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Under fire for smacking, UN tells France to ban corporal punishment

Geneva (AFP) - France, which has come under fire for not fully banning smacking, must "explicitly prohibit" all forms of corporal punishment of children, a UN report said Thursday, criticising its treament of Roma and asylum-seeking minors....
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