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UNITED NATIONS -- UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa on Tuesday launched a global campaign against plastic pollution, primarily to raise awareness among peoples around the world.

"I intend to leverage the capacity of the office of the president of the General Assembly to support ongoing global campaigns to beat plastic pollution," Espinosa told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York. (UN-Plastic Pollution)

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MOSCOW -- Russia fully adheres to the provisions of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which the United States knows perfectly well, Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in response to the latest statements by the United States and its allies that urged Moscow to return to full compliance with the agreement.

"Russia strictly abides by the provisions of the INF treaty, and the American side knows this," the ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharva said, commenting on statements by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Jens Stoltenberg on the matter. (Russia-US-INF Treaty)

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ADDIS ABABA -- A grenade blast in Ethiopia's northern Amhara state has left two children dead, state affiliated media outlet Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported on Tuesday.

Enyewe Zewdie, Chief Police Officer of Central Goder zone in Amhara regional state, said the deadly accident happened on Tuesday morning when a stray grenade lying near a school field was accidentally stamped upon by children, causing it to explode, reported FBC. (Ethiopia-Grenade)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will attend a meeting of the top military contributing partners to the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Ottawa of Canada on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by Pentagon on Tuesday.

The meeting will be co-hosted by the United States and Canada, according to the statement. (US-Pentagon-ISIS) Enditem

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