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UN plea for end to global poverty

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pleaded with the world's leaders to use their power to meet UN goals to help the poorest by 2015.

Ten years after they set the most ambitious goals ever to tackle global poverty, presidents, prime ministers and kings gathered again in the US for a summit to spur action to meet the deadline — which the UN says will be difficult, if not impossible, in some cases.

Mr Ban called any advances “fragile” and declared “the clock is ticking, with much more to do”.

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