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Obama: Wealthy nations not doing enough for refugees

President Obama has said "many" wealthy nations are not doing enough to help refugees.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly for the last time, he said: "We should all understand that ultimately our world would be more secure if we are prepared to help those in need and the nations who are carrying the largest burden with respect to accommodating these refugees.

"There are a lot of nations right now that are doing the right thing. But many nations, particularly those blessed with wealth and the benefits of geography that can do more to offer a hand, even if they also insist that refugees who come to our countries have to do more to adapt to the customs and conventions of the communities that are now providing them a home."

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President Obama hails UN's work over last eight years

President Obama speaking at the UN General Assembly for the last time. Credit: RTV

President Obama has hailed the progress the United Nations has made over the last eight years, as he spoke at the General Assembly in New York for the last time.

He said the UN had "returned the global economy to growth" from the "depths of the greatest financial crisis of our time".

Mr Obama also praised the UN's work in resolving the Iran nuclear issue through diplomacy, opening relations with Cuba and helping Colombia end "Latin America's longest war".

The UN's assistance has helped people "feed themselves", he said, and "power communities across Africa" while promoting "models of development rather than dependence."

The outgoing US President also hailed the UN's work in making international institutions such as the world bank and International Monetary Fund "more representative", while "establishing a framework to protect our planet from the ravages of climate change".

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Obama: Dallas police force needs respect not scorn

President Obama told a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers killed by a sniper, that the force needs respect, and not scorn.

The President, in Texas with his predecessor George W Bush, praised the police's bravery, saying the "overwhelming majority" do their jobs "fairly and professionally".

But he admitted that people across the country were struggling with the recent shootings and that racism was an enduring problem in America.

Our Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

Obama 'deeply disturbed' by police shootings

President Obama is "deeply disturbed" by recent reports of police shootings, his spokesman has said.

Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were both shot and killed in the US by police this week.

Hillary Clinton also responded saying it was "yet another tragedy of a life cut down too soon".

Obama 'to send National Guard to fight Ebola' in Liberia

President Obama is expected to issue an executive order to send US National Guard forces to Liberia to assist in the fight against Ebola, sources have told NBC News.

An American soldier walks past an Ebola treatment centre under construction in Liberia. Credit: Reuters

According to sources, no decision has been made, but the initial deployment would include eight guard and reserve engineers and logistics specialists to assist in the construction of seventeen 100-bed treatment centers for Ebola patients.

An executive would help cut through the usual official red tape and delays so that guard and reserve forces could be ordered to deploy to west Africa on a moment's notice.

While the initial force may be small in number the order would give the President the option to send further forces.

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