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UN chief 'gravely concerned' by Iraq city takeover

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, shake hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a photo session before their meeting at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave concern Tuesday about the jihadist takeover of Iraq's second city of Mosul, calling on political leaders to unite in the face of threats.

His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban was "gravely concerned by the serious deteriorating of the security situation in Mosul, where thousands of civilians have been displaced."

 

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