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President Barack Obama speaks during the Leaders Summit on Refugees during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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From Washington, this is VOA News. I’m Ira Mellman.

The U.S. President lays out the immigrant crisis to the United Nations: President Barack Obama hosted the world's first ever Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in New York City Tuesday, saying the world is facing a crisis of epic proportions.

VOA's Cindy Saine reports.

“President Obama came straight to the point about the situation millions of refugees are facing.

‘We are here because, right now in crowded camps in cities around the world, there are families from Darfur and Chad, Palestinians in Lebanon, Afghans in Pakistan, Colombians in Ecuador, who’ve endured years -- in some cases, decades -- as refugees.’

The plight of so many displaced people moved the United States, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and the leaders from Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico and Sweden to pledge to either take in greater numbers of refugees or provide more financial assistance.

Cindy Saine, VOA News, New York.”

An airstrike in northern Syria that killed five members of medical staff hit a mobile emergency unit and not a medical facility, a relief organization says today.

The mobile medical team was hit while responding to an earlier airstrike targeting militants from the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front. We got that according to Dr. Oubaida Al Moufti, the vice president of the International Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations.

The organization had initially said Tuesday the strike leveled a medical triage point.

This is VOA News.

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