UN secretary general Antonio Guterres speaks during press conference at the UN in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
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The United Nations Thursday proposed a series of new steps aimed at stamping out sex abuse by peacekeepers, such as cutting off payments, as a report showed an increase in abuse allegations.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an annual report that there had been a total of 145 cases of sexual exploitation and abuse involving troops and civilians across all U.N. peace missions in 2016, up from 99 in 2015 .The United Nations has been badly shaken by the wave of allegations of sex abuse by the troops it deploys in missions with a clear mandate to protect civilians.
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