United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends a joint news conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo (not pictured) at the Foreign Ministry in Madrid, Spain, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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