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UN laments absence of G-7 from key humanitarian summit

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday criticized the leaders of the world's wealthiest countries for failing to attend a pivotal humanitarian summit in Turkey which culminated with a long list of commitments and question marks over their implementation.

At the closing of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the first of its kind, Ban said it was "disappointing that some world leaders" couldn't attend, singling out the Group of 7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Only German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the summit.

In an apparent reference to Russia, Ban also criticized...

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