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US envoy warns against cutting funding to UN

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Samantha Power on Friday warned that cutting US funding to the United Nations would be "extremely detrimental" to American interests, one week before Donald Trump's administration takes office. Addressing her final news conference, Power told reporters that "countries like Russia and China" would benefit from Washington's reduced standing at the United Nations if funding were withdrawn. "We lead the world, in part, by leading at the UN," said Power, who is stepping down next week after four…

Ebola still far from over: UN

UNITED NATIONS: The head of the UN Ebola mission warned Friday that the world was "far, far away" from beating back the outbreak and said a huge increase in aid was still needed to fight Ebola on the ground in Africa.