United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism at the State Department on February 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN
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Denouncing a business-as-usual approach to Syria, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for urgent action to lift sieges on civilians and to end barrel bomb attacks.The U.N. chief listed five priorities for action including the lifting of sieges on 212,000 people, ensuring access to medical aid to all of Syria and rebuilding the education system.He also said the 15-member council must address barrel-bomb attacks on civilians and ending the practice of denying services as a weapon of war. The report was the 12th to the council, which has been deeply divided over the war that has left more than 210,000 dead and displaced 12 million Syrians.
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