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World leaders urged to reform aid, uphold international law

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A top United Nations official has urged world leaders to reform the humanitarian aid system and uphold international humanitarian law ahead of a key summit.
   Speaking on the eve of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the gathering was a "wake-up call for action."
   He said Sunday that "there is a huge need for us to show solidarity with those who are affected by natural disasters and man-made disasters."
   Eliasson urged leaders to defend international humanitarian law which is being flouted in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
   The event is a bid to boost the response to what the United Nations calls the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.
   Sixty-five heads of state and government representatives from 180 countries are expected to attend.

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