UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday that “the developing world is on the precipice of financial ruin and escalating poverty, hunger and untold suffering” as the world struggles to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
His message came ahead of a meeting of the leaders of the Group of 20 rich nations and big emerging powers this weekend. “We cannot let the COVID pandemic lead to a debt pandemic,” Guterres told reporters.
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TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR
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