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U.N. Rights Expert Says U.S. Struggling to Meet Its 'Ideals'

Racial tension and inequality across society are preventing the United States from meeting its "ideals", a U.N. expert said Thursday following his first-ever visit to the country.

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Brazil's Lula Petitions U.N. over Corruption Probe 'Abuses'

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday filed a petition with the U.N. Human Rights Committee outlining alleged abuses of power in the corruption case he is embroiled in.

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Ukraine at U.N. Says Putin's Crimea Decree 'Null and Void'

Ukraine's U.N. ambassador on Thursday dismissed as "null and void" a decree by President Vladimir Putin incorporating annexed Crimea into the southern region of Russia.

Volodymyr Yelchenko said he will ask the Security Council to issue a statement reaffirming Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in response to the decree, even though he fully expects Russia to block it.

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Five U.S. Troops Wounded in Afghanistan

Five U.S. special forces troops have been wounded fighting the Islamic State group in eastern Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, the U.S. commander said Thursday.

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Clinton's Challenge: Counter Trump, Earn Voter Respect

Hillary Clinton faces the test of a lifetime Thursday as she accepts the Democratic White House nomination in a defining speech aimed at prizing voters away from Donald Trump -- and convincing America to entrust her with the world's biggest job.

It is the center-stage opportunity she came so close to seizing eight years ago during her first White House campaign, only to be defeated in her party's primary race by Barack Obama.

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OSCE Urges against 'Large-Scale' Strife in Ukraine

European monitors observing Ukraine's separatist conflict on Thursday urged pro-Russian rebels and government forces to avoid a return to "large-scale military operations," as ceasefire violations escalate and casualties rise.

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Turkey Warns Kyrgyzstan over 'Gulen Coup' Risk

Turkey on Thursday warned the ex-Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan over the risk of a coup by followers of the U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, saying they had infiltrated every state institution in the country.

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U.N. Chief Says South Sudan on the Brink of Abyss

South Sudan stands on the brink of an abyss, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday after a fresh flareup in fighting unleashed a wave of sexual violence.

Ban told the Security Council that he was "appalled by the scale of sexual violence," with U.N. rights officials reporting at least 120 cases of rape over the past three weeks.

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Turkey Urges Germany to Extradite Gulen Suspects

Turkey urged Germany on Thursday to extradite suspects linked to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding this month's attempted military coup.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told CNN-Turk that Germany should extradite "parallel state judges and prosecutors" who are in the country.

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Trump Backtracks on Russia Hack Appeal as Sarcasm

Donald Trump on Thursday sought douse the outcry provoked by his challenge to Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton's emails, by saying he was being sarcastic.

"Of course I'm being sarcastic," the Republican presidential nominee told Fox News one day after making the sensational suggestion at a news conference.

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