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GENEVA -- The Council of the European Union on Monday adopted conclusions on EU action to strengthen rules-based multilateralism, underlining that the need to promote multilateral solutions is "more urgent than ever".

The EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva said in a statement on Monday that EU foreign ministers and defense ministers on Monday discussed the EU Global Strategy, following which the Council adopted the conclusions. (Geneva-EU-multilateralism)

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WASHINGTON -- The United States would deploy about 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid tension with Iran, Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday.

"I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East," Shanahan said in a statement. (US-Iran-Middle East troops)

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UNITED NATIONS -- A Chinese UN envoy on Monday called for maintaining the "vigor and vitality" of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea at a commemoration of its 25th anniversary.

Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, made three proposals for achieving this goal at the meeting of the state parties to the treaty. (UN-Oceans-China)

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CAIRO -- Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in court after the conclusion of a trial session in an espionage lawsuit, the state TV reported.

"The former president had asked to speak and the judge gave him the permission," said the state TV. (Egypt-Morsi-Death) Enditem

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